Has sparkling water something to do with sparkling wine? Is RO water same as distilled water? What is mineral water? Is flavoured water healthy?
There are so many questions that accost us when we come across these various types of water in our day today life.
Here is an attempt to clear some of the doubts around the water we drink on various occasions.

1. Infused water

Also known as detox water, it is one of the most popular drinks these days. Chopped fruits, vegetables and herbs are placed in a jar to which chilled water is added. It not only tastes delicious but is also super healthy and is said to detoxify the body and aid weight loss.

2. Tonic water

Often used as a drink mixer for cocktails, tonic water has a bitter flavor that comes from the quinine added to it. Initially it was used as a medical tonic.

3. Sparkling water

Sparkling water is a type of mineral water which has dissolved gases in natural form. But those manufactured artificially are basically carbonated water, but healthier because they do not have added sugar.

4. RO water

Reverse Osmosis or RO as it is called uses high pressure to force water through a semi permeable membrane. It removes some dissolved salts, organics, bacteria and pathogens. However as the RO membrane ages in the filter it cannot be relied on removing all types of germs, especially viruses.

5. Flavoured water

Flavoured water can be both DIY and artificially manufactured. To make it at home, place herbs and fruits in a jar and muddle with spoon. Add water and drink. It will have an amazing flavor. The ones manufactured have added artificial flavours.

6. Mineral water

Natural water from springs and fountains that are rich in minerals, salts and sulphor compounds is known as mineral water. In older days, people visited these ‘springs’ for a cure, but now these waters are mostly bottled and sold.

7. Distilled Water

It is the purest form of water (99.9%) and is obtained by the process of distillation i.e evaporating water to leave the contaminants behind. It is free from germs but also has no healthy dissolved salts.