Water with Flavor
What to do
For flavored water, add any of following to tap water. Taste and adjust amount to suit.
- Fresh lemon or lime juice
- Cranberry or grape juice
- Small amount of peppermint extract
- Squeeze juice of fresh grapefruit into water
- Mint leaf (crush leaf first for best flavor)
- Slices of fresh cucumber
- Crushed berries
Benefits of tap water
Bottled water is much more expensive, per gallon, than tap water. You pay for the convenience of the container. In addition to cost, tap water also has an important advantage – most tap water has fluoride, which is good for your children’s teeth. Many public water systems add fluoride; most bottlers do not.
Water is a healthier choice than sugar-sweetened beverages. Adding flavor to water encourages your family to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
How long can you keep bottled water?
You can keep bottled water indefinitely if stored in unopened, properly sealed containers. However, long-term storage of bottled water may result in in odor and taste changes.
Are plastic containers for bottled water regulated?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates bottled water and the materials used to produce plastic containers. Substances used in plastic containers must be approved by the FDA.