Is Bottled Water One Of The Biggest Scams Of The Century?

May 8, 2017

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As Bruce Lee once said – Be water, my friend! But the real question is which one?

Some people get their water for free as they drink it directly from the tap. Others pay for their water and they are paying huge money for it.

As National Geographic reports, “ more than U.S. $100 billion is spent every year on bottled water globally.”

But are we getting scammed with this whole bottled water shebang? According to IFL Science, we are.

Here are 5 facts that support this notion:

1. It’s Not Cheap

“At an average cost of $1.22 per gallon, we’re spending 300 times more on bottled water than we’d spend to drink from the tap. But that number could be even higher, some analysts have pointed out, since most sales are for single bottles,” says IFL Science.

2. Identical To Tap Water, Nutrition-Wise

Tests suggest that a glass of tap water and a glass of bottled water are virtually identical as far as their health and nutritional quality is concerned, while in certain cases tap may even be safer as it is usually tested more frequently.

3. It Is Derived From Tap Water, In Fact

According to a recent report, almost 50% of all bottled water is actually derived from the tap water.

4. Taste Tests

The vast majority of Americans can’t even tell the difference between tap and bottled water. Boston University recently conducted a blind taste test survey and found that only a third taste-testers identified the tap water sample correctly.

5. It’s All About Oil

“Making bottled water is also an extensive, resource-heavy process,” says IFL Science. “A study in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that roughly 32-54 million barrels of oil went into producing the amount of bottled water consumed in the US in 2007.

A certain episode of Malcolm In the Middle comes to mind in which Malcolm’s dad reveals to us that Evian spelled backwards is Naïve. Reality indeed bites.

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