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CHF Helped Water, you, and Sodium.

The recipes that use water at this website and those in our books, suggest that you use a filtered low-sodium water. Some municipal systems have very low sodium while others might be too high for our consumption. Distilled and purified waters are not recommended for exclusive water consumpition since they also don't have any minerals whatsoever. Reverse osmosis water (distilled and purified) kill all the good nutrients we must have as well as those we don't want.

However, the occasional use of distilled or purified water – such as in bread recipes and sometimes soups – becomes necssary when the only other water available is too high in sodium. Some bottled water companies add sodium to water for flavor. Generally they are not adding salt, but if possible, check the FDA label on bottled water to make sure it lists sodium at acceptable levels. Some bottled water, such as the smaller pint size bottles may not have any labels for FDA at all.

The tap-water you use in your home probably has some sodium in it. It can range from -1 mg per liter up to and sometimes over 400 mg. We encourage you to check with your local water company to learn how much is in each glass (8 ounces) of water. If it's below 7.11 mg a cup, then go ahead and use it. In a day's total, 7.11 mg is a safe level.


In response to questions asked by visitors, the below is published for your use.

Bottled water is usually drinking water that has been sealed in sanitary containers that meet applicable federal and state standards. Bottled water cannot contain any chemical additives or sweeteners and must be calorie-free and sugar-free but not necessarily sodium free. Some bottled water companies today add sodium for "flavor." Read the ingredients labels. There are different bottled water products and sources. Not all come from a city tap.

Each bottle of water will have a label. The label should indicate or tell you from whence the water was drawn -- from either municipal water supply or from protected natural sources such as springs and wells. According to the IBWA — International Bottled Water Association, about 75% of the bottled water sold in the US comes from natural sources. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines different types of bottled water on the basis of its water source and its chemical composition at the time that it is drawn from the source. Below are their descriptions:

Artesian Water/Artesian Well Water is water drawn from a confined aquifer where water under pressure rises above the water table. Spring Water can be collected only at the spring or from a bore hole adjacent to the spring that taps the aquifer feeding the spring. The properties of the water drawn from the bore hole must be the same as that of the water in the spring.

Well Water derives from a bored or drilled hole that taps the water of an aquifer. This water is pumped to the surface.

Purified Water is produced through distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or some other water treatment process. This water originates as either tap water (i.e., from a municipal system) or groundwater. Depending upon the water treatment process used, other acceptable names include distilled water, purified drinking water, distilled drinking water and deionized water.

Mineral Water contains more than 250 ppm of total dissolved solids (FDA standard) which are present at the point of emergence from the source. No minerals can be added to this water nor can it be drawn from a municipal source. In Europe, any recognized spring water with minerals can be called mineral water.

Sparkling Water contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had when it was drawn from the source. Soda water, seltzer water and tonic are not considered bottled waters. The 0 mg for sodium is per serving size, which can vary but is usually a cup or in some cases a pint. The 0 mg can mean up to 4.99 mg of sodium since the FDA permits that margin of error, intended or not intended. Actually the levels of sodium in bottled water can vary even within a single manufactuer's water. See: Arrowhead Water.

We use bottled water or water from a filter we had installed in our home. The filtered water actually tastes better than bottled water. We did not get an ionizer filter since that removes all nutrients. Our filter is an EverPure and it's not cheap, but it has proved well worth the investment. The annual costs for changing the filters comes to about $20 a month. We've had this filter now for five years. The mechanism is simple, works well and has not given us any maintenance problems.

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