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Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water - The Myths And The Facts

Myths and Facts of Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water

Over the past few years, one topic we have discussed at great length with many customers has been the comparison between Reverse Osmosis drinking water and mineral water. The most common questions we receive are related to the lack of mineral content in Reverse Osmosis drinking water, also known as purified water. For example, "Isn't it bad to take out all of the minerals from the water?" or "I read somewhere online that drinking water with minerals in it is better for you because it has a higher pH than Reverse Osmosis water. Is that true?".

Atlantic Filter's stance on this discussion has always and continues to fall in line with the Water Quality Association's position.

"Consumption of low-TDS water, such as that which results from RO treatment, does not pose any health concerns for healthy populations. Essentially, in normal, healthy individuals, the body is able to maintain homeostasis, which is what controls the release and adsorption of minerals, regardless of the TDS levels in the ingested fluids.

In cases of malnourishment, water can be a good source of nutrients. For people with an adequate amount of food, however, the level of nutrients obtained through water is negligible compared to food.

The pH of RO water is more acidic than tap water containing dissolved minerals, but not by much, and certainly not as low as that of orange juice, lemon juice, or our stomach acid. Upon contact with our saliva, the effects of the pH of RO water are quickly negated."

In the July 2019 issue of Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine there is a great article written by Gary Battenberg and Peter Cartwright, PE that discusses this exact topic in greater detail. Titled "Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water: The Myths and the Facts", the article addresses some common myths about Reverse Osmosis drinking water while also providing some very relevant and important facts about how our bodies regulate mineral content.

Stay tuned for a visual breakdown of the article that can really put the facts and myths into perspective. Until then, you can view or download the article directly, here: "Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water: The Myths and the facts".