Does Tap Water Influence the Taste of Food?

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Have you experienced a mysterious change in the flavor of the foods that you cook?

Don’t blame your cooking skills: it’s probably the water you use. Essentially, water is supposed to be a tasteless and odorless liquid. However, rarely do we find water which has no flavor. The taste and smell of water vary because of the presence of dissolved minerals and salts, and the composition of minerals and salts varies according to different water sources and regions.

There is another thing though: the presence of chemicals and pollutants in the water can also give it an unpleasant taste. Chemicals such as Chlorine are usually added to the tap water in cities for purifying water. Besides leaving a weird aftertaste in your mouth, chlorine can also harm your health. And when you cook food using the chlorinated water, the nasty flavor settles into the food especially when you cook items such as rice or pasta, that absorb water.

It is a fact that most people use tap water for cooking, as they believe that the cooking process will kill all of the bacteria. However, germs are not the only contaminants in your water. The chlorine in the water bleaches vegetables as they cook. As a result, vegetables lose their vibrancy and look drab and unappetizing. Certain unwanted minerals in water can also interfere with the baking process and alter the leavening result. The cakes and bread may not rise or be as fluffy as you want them to be.

Most people tend to use a water purifier only for drinking water. They don’t realize the indirect ways through which contaminated water could enter your system. Hence it is important to pay close attention to all the types of water usage in your household including cooking, brushing, washing vegetables, utensils, etc.

While chlorine acts as a disinfectant, it still does not improve the quality of water with respect to dissolved pollutants. Given the rampant environmental degradation, several natural water resources have become polluted with deadly toxins such as heavy metals. Traditional water purification methods such as boiling and filtration cannot remove dissolved pollutants. To obtain pure drinking water you can only rely on modern water treatment systems such as RO water purifiers, which are capable of removing dissolved pollutants as wells pathogens.

Tap water purifiers are the best way to ensure pure drinking water for kitchen use. A tap purifier fits right onto your tap which ensures clean water at all times. Under-sink water purifiers are also a good alternative for pure water from your kitchen sink. Once you install a water purifier in your kitchen, you can use clean water for a range of activities right from cooking to washing vegetables & utensils. It is especially important to wash the vegetables with purified water as it helps to wash away contaminants and pathogens easily.

The next time you notice a strange taste in the food, the water you use could be the culprit. Consider installing a tap water purifier in your kitchen!

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After more than a decade in the corporate corporate work, I retired from my corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities, and a passion for writing inspired me to start working from home and I am now living my dream as a writer and editor. I write content for clients, blog for businesses and edit manuscripts for publishers/authors. With six blogs of my own and published contributions across the web (The Huffington Post, PTPA, World of Moms, SheKnows), I writes to collect smiles and donate to charities. I shares stories about all the things I enjoy in life; parenting, mindful living, conversations, coffee, books, food, music, health, DIY, travel, photography and showing my diabetes who’s boss.

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