Does Cooking With Filtered Water Make a Difference?
Your family’s favorite dish is baked ziti – made with your homemade tomato and basil sauce. But there’s one secret ingredient that you may not even know about: chlorine.
Disinfectants, such as chlorine, are often used in city water to eliminate contaminants. Chemicals added to tap water could leave both an odor and an after-taste to your food.
But that’s not the only reason to consider cooking with filtered water vs. tap water.
Here’s some food for thought.
Preserve the Flavor of Food
Tap water treated with chlorine can alter the taste of your drinking water – and the food you cook in it. That’s especially true for foods that absorb water to reach their proper consistency, such as pasta or rice.
A home filtration system could help to remove the taste and smell of chlorine – preserving the natural taste of the foods you cook.
It can also help to keep the foods you don’t cook cleaner, such as fruits and vegetables washed in cold water.
Say ‘Bye’ to Bacteria
Heat is often used as a means to kill harmful bacteria. So if you’re cooking with tap water, it’s natural to assume that the bacteria will also be eliminated. But that’s not always the case. The outcome can depend on several variables, including the temperature of the water and how long the food was cooked in it.
If you use a private well as your water source, bacteria could be of an even greater concern. Why? Water from a private well isn’t government regulated, so it’s up to you to test, treat and maintain it for quality and purity.
Taking the added precaution of using filtered water for drinking and cooking could help to remove harmful bacteria.
Greater Peace of Mind
Water travels a long way to get from its starting point to your tap. If you use water from a municipal facility, it may have been filtered initially, only to pick up harmful contaminants on the way to your faucet. Those contaminants could come from a leaking pipe or even an older household plumbing system.
Want greater assurance that your drinking and cooking water is clean? Consider a Reverse Osmosis (RO) system. It’s one of the most effective methods for home water purification.
So you can feel good about the ingredients that you put in your family’s food – without worrying about the ones you didn’t.