Do You Know Your H2O?: Taste Testing Alkaline Waters.

What’s in your water?

You may have heard various health claims about alkaline water. But what exactly is alkaline water, and why all the hype?

Alkaline refers to a water’s pH level, a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. For example, something with a pH of 1 would be very acidic and something with a pH of 13 would be very alkaline.

Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9. Because of this, some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body.

Does it work?

Alkaline water is a little controversial. Some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body because it has a higher pH level than regular drinking water.

However, several health professionals say there isn’t enough research to support the many health claims made by users and sellers. Differences in research findings may be related to the types of alkaline water studies.

According to the Mayo Clinic, regular tap water is best for most people. They state that there is no major scientific evidence that fully verifies the claims made by supporters of alkaline water.

However, there are a few studies that suggest alkaline water might be helpful for certain conditions.

For example, a 2012 study found that drinking naturally carbonated artesian-well alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 may help deactivate pepsin, the main enzyme that causes acid reflux.

Another study suggested drinking alkaline ionized water may have benefits for people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. However, more research is needed beyond these small studies.

Our Taste Test

We gathered a small group of people and had them blindly taste test our chosen waters. We wanted to see if they could guess which water was clearer and higher in pH based on taste alone. We compared various bottled brands like Penta, smartwater, Crystal Geyser, Fiji, JUST Water, and essentia.

Penta Ultra-Purified: Penta Ultra-Purified water ranked high on the groups’ list as one of the testers top two favorites. Tasters commonly described the water as crisp and smooth. Many said the water also had a slight mineral taste to it that nicely balanced out the crispness.

Fiji Artisan Water: Not a fan favorite but not getting a downvote from anyone, Fiji water was largely described as lacking any particular taste and bland. Two tasters even said that it left their mouth feeling dry, chalky, or powdery after drinking it.

Crystal Geyser: Crystal Geyser marginally beat out Penta water for the group’s top choice. All of the testers agreed that Crystal Geyser was freshest tasting and had the most weight to it, making it the most filling water out of the selection.

smartwater: Almost all of the testers described smartwater as tasting like tap water. The tasters who frequently drink tap water described it as smooth and light, while taste testers who frequently drink bottled water said it had a slight mineral taste to it.

JUST Water: Ranking the lowest on the list, JUST Water was often described as feeling dirty, murky, chalky, and grainy by several testers. After all the waters were revealed, many attributed the poor taste to the brands carton-like, paper container.

essentia: Unlike the rest of the waters, where most testers agreed on the taste, essentia was split down the middle. Those who liked it described the water as smooth or clean tasting. Those who didn’t thought it had an acidic bite to it and even described it as salty in taste.

Here’s the Scoop on Some of the Best Low Calorie Ice Creams

With so many brands, and even more flavor choices, it can be a cold and difficult task choosing the tastiest low calorie ice creams. We brought together a panel of taste testers to try some of the best low-calorie ice creams on the market today. You’ll find out the good and the bad so you can spend less time in the frozen food section wondering which ones are worth spending your money on!

Arctic Zero: Even if you weren’t a fan of Arctic Zero’s original lactose-free ice cream alternative,you need to give their new light ice creams a shot. Made from real milk, cream, and cane sugar, these pints contain no sugar alcohols, are non-GMO, and have a boost of prebiotic fiber.
Pros: Testers found the cookie shake flavor to be perfectly sweetened, with just the right amount of chocolate flavor.
Cons: Some testers thought the taste was chalky like a protein shake and not quite creamy enough. One tester thought the flavor was too “airy” or light.

Breyers Delights: This legendary ice cream brand prides itself on offering something for every type of ice cream eater, including people looking for a healthy treat. Breyers new Delights line of light ice cream offers 260 to 330 calories and 20 grams of protein per pint, thanks to added milk protein and stevia.
Pros: Testers said it had lots of flavor with the tart, fruity raspberry and plenty of fudge swirls throughout.
Cons: One tester said the flavor would be even better with which chocolate mixed in! Another thought it tasted too much like sherbert.

Ben and Jerry’s Moo-Phoria: If you love ice cream loaded with mix-ins, Ben & Jerry’s is most likely your favorite brand. You’ll be happy to learn they preserved that unique part of their ice cream in their Moo-Phoria light ice cream flavors. The result is a treat with 60 to 70 percent less fat and 35 percent fewer calories than traditional Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, but all the hidden-treasure goodness of Phish Food and Half Baked.
Pros: Most testers ranked this as their favorite healthy ice cream for its creaminess, rich flavor and the perfect amount of mix-ins.
Cons: Testers noted that this ice cream is the quickest to melt.

Enlightened: Enlightened crowns itself the best-of-the-best in healthy ice cream, logging even fewer calories, fewer grams of sugar and fat, and more protein and fiber than other healthy ice cream brands. They offer a wide variety of inventive flavors, logging in at just 60 to 100 calories per half-cup serving. Sweetened with zero-calorie erythritol and packed with fiber from corn, Enlightened promises not to spike blood sugar.
Pros: Testers loved the chocolate and graham cracker mix-ins. They said the flavor was just right and it the texture was perfectly creamy.
Cons: Testers didn’t note any cons for the S’mores flavor!

Halo Top: If you’ve been on Instagram anytime in the last year, you’ve likely seen Halo Top on your feed. This social-sensation brand uses organic stevia and erythritol to create sweet, creamy desserts that clock in at only 280 to 360 calories per pint. Their dairy-free flavors allow vegans and lactose-intolerant ice cream fans to get in on the hype too.
Pros: The sweetness and added sprinkles were the top pros for this pick.
Cons: Some testers thought the flavor was too rich, while others noted the texture to be “icy” and not creamy enough.