Taste of water
Water is quintessential for healthy body and the constant supply is essential of maintain functioning of the body. It is consumed orally and hence the taste is an integral factor in consumption of the water. Taste of water is a distinctive taste in itself. It is an excellent solvent and often acquires the taste of the solute. Hence the water tastes different from different natural resources.
Why is taste an important factor:
- There is a direct correlation with consumption and taste of water. A lot of people are very specific about the taste of their water and that is why some bottled water brands are more popular than the others. Taste of water is no joke, annually water experts gather in California to decide on best tasting bottled water.
- People who don't like the metallic taste of water from the tap have switched to using the water purifiers because not only filters the water of the impurities but also makes the taste of the water much better by removing the excess minerals. Making water more soft will automatically make is taste fresh and better.
- The taste of water can greatly influence the cost and popularity of the water as you can see it from the variation in the cost of various bottled water brands.
- The need to improve the taste of water has lead to the invention of the infused water, where various fruity flavours are infused in the water to make it taste better and of particular choice.
The factors which influence the taste of water:
- The minerals/ pollutant in different concentrations influence the taste of water (sulphur, silica, iron, manganese etc).
- The source of water is also a very important factor deciding the taste of water. For example, the water from the well will take much sweeter and the taste of water from the municipal source/tap will have a more metallic taste.
- Chlorine treated water will have very peculiar taste. So we can easily observe that the method of purification can also influence the taste of water.
So after taking these few factors into consideration we can easily conclude that taste of water is an very important factor in consumption of water.
How minerals influence the taste of water?
As well are well aware that water has an inert taste and so the content to solutes in water are mostly responsible for the taste of water by and large. Thus it's easily accepted that the total dissolved solids (TDS) immensely influence the taste of water which depends upon the source of water. The acceptable limit of TDS in water is <500mg/L. Above this is not recommended to should be consumed after dilution. The water with TDS > 1000mg/L is considered unfit for human consumption. The TDS is mainly sulfate, nitrates, sodium, iron, magnesium, chloride, fluoride, chloride, silica, copper etc. Sometimes when the water tastes salty or bitter or metallic or unpleasant is because of presence of excess of these solids. For example when there is sulfate excess in water it can taste like rotten food, excess of iron, magnesium and copper can make the water taste metallic. Also a lot of people have started using a water purifier because of the taste of residual chlorine in tap water. Consuming water regular is very important to maintain good health and to encourage that consumption we need a. Dry consistent and acceptable good taste.