The Absolute Worst Bottled Water Brand You Can Buy
Just because water is bottled doesn’t mean it’s better for you. In fact, some bottled waters are essentially the same as (or worse than) tap water and others are almost as bad as soda — yikes! So, how do you know if the bottled water you’re drinking is good for you? The pH level is a great place to start.
When it comes down to it, any water with a pH level of less than 7.0 is considered acidic, or harmful to the body. However, some of the most popular brands have a pH level of less than 5.5 — meaning it can dissolve tooth enamel, aka the hardest substance in the body … If it can do that to your teeth, imagine what it can do to the rest of your body!
On top of that, a study done by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, says many bottled water brands have a more acidic pH than what is actually listed, making it hard to know if a bottled water brand falls between a more neutral to safe level of 7.0 to 9.0. Unfortunately for these bottled water brands, the information can be found on Alkaline Water Plus.
We take a look at the worst bottled water brand (page 10) and the best bottled water brand (page 15) you can buy, according to pH level, ahead.
- pH: 6.5
As far as bottled water is concerned, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a standard of between 6.5 to 8.5. And, although SmartWater technically meets this standard, it still falls on the acidic side of the spectrum. Not to mention: It uses 48% more plastic than competing brands. No thanks!
Next: Many believe this is one of the best bottled water brands, but pH tests show it’s more acidic.
9. Deer Park
- pH: 6.3
Deer Park is believed to be one of the best bottled water brands on the market. However, with a pH level of 6.3, it is considered more acidic. There are better brands out there!
Next: This popular Midwest water says it has a higher pH level than it actually does.
8. Ice Mountain
- pH: 6.0
According to Ice Mountain’s website, the popular Midwestern bottled water has a pH level of between 6.8 and 8.1. But, Alkaline Water Plus’ test results show a 6.0 pH level.
Next: Another popular bottled water brand with a pH of 6.0.
7. Crystal Geyser
- pH: 6.0
Another bottled water brand to watch out for? Crystal Geyser. The popular brand tested at a lower pH level than the EPA’s standard.
Next: This luxury brand is not as good as you think.
- pH: 6.0
Voss may have a luxury appeal, but it certainly doesn’t appeal to the EPA’s standards. Tested at a 6.0, the pricey bottled water is not as pure as you’d think.
Next: This popular East Coast bottled water brand is worse than the tap water in NYC.
5. Poland Spring
- pH: 5.8
Not all tap water is created equal. Case in point: New York City tap water has a natural pH of 7.2. Sadly it’s bottled water counterpart — Poland Springs — is not as outstanding. The popular East Coast water is just 0.3 points away from having the power to dissolve tooth enamel.
Next: Sparkling water fans will be sad to learn that this popular fizzy water can cause more harm than good.
- pH: 5.5
Sadly sparkling water brand, Perrier is not as good as you may have thought. With a 5.5 pH level, the popular fizzy drink has the ability to dissolve tooth enamel and cause harm to the body.
Next: Number three is even worse!
- pH: 5.0
Love Function’s vapor distilled and electrolyte water? You may want to reconsider purchasing. Albeit USDA Organic, the bottled water has a dangerously low pH balance of 5.0.
Next: Can you believe this is the only bottled water you can buy at Disneyland?
- pH: 4.5
Believe it or not, Dasani is one of the worst bottled water brands you can buy. Manufactured by Coca-Cola, the popular bottled water has a pH level of 4.5.
Next: The absolute worst bottled water brand you can buy.
- pH: 4.0
The number one worst bottled water brand you can buy? Penta. With a pH level of 4.0, you might as well drink soda!
Next: The top five best bottled water brands you can buy.
- pH: 7.0
When it comes to a bottled water brand you can trust, you’ll something with a pH of at least 7.0 and at most 9.0. And although Evian falls at the starting line, it’s 7.0 pH level puts it at a level that is considered pure.
Next: Florida’s favorite bottled water is one of the bests out there.
- pH: 7.5
Floridian bottled water brand, Zephyrhills is one of the best on the market. With a pH balance of 7.5, the bottled water falls right in line with the EPA’s standard and is considered more alkaline.
Next: Many believe this is the best bottled water brand, but it’s actually tied with Zephyrhills for third place.
- pH: 7.5
Another bottled water brand with a 7.5 pH level? Fiji water. Believed to be one of the bests out there, Fiji water veers towards the alkaline side of the spectrum and tastes as pure as it’s advertisements make it seem.
Next: The second best bottled water brand you can buy.
- pH: 8.0
Number two on the list? Evamor water. The natural alkaline artesian water has a pH balance of 8.0 and is considered one of the best on the market.
Next: The best bottled water brand you can buy.
- pH: 9.0
The best bottled water brand you can buy? Essentia. With a pH balance of 9.0, the ionized alkaline water can rehydrate the body and quench thirst with every sip.
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