The hot or cold underground waters, which naturally exist at various depths of the earth crust in suitable geological conditions and contain minimum 1000mg/l dissolved minerals and/or trace elements and carbohydrates in their natural structure and which expose to the surface on their own or which are extracted by using technical methods, are traditionally called mineral water.
With all its mineral contents, Mineral Water is exposed to the surface by finding its own way out through the cracks under the ground and it is completely ‘natural’. Carbonated water is water that is obtained by applying carbon dioxide gas to water and the beverages made of water during production, and does not contain any minerals.
Plain mineral water never goes off unless it is opened. The only reason for placing expiry date on products is the leakage and reduction of carbon dioxide gas from the cap and pack.
The public term ‘acidic’ used for beverages actually refers to ‘carbon dioxide’ gas contained in them. Carbon dioxide gas makes it easier to drink beverages because it temporarily desensitizes our tastes when it touches our tongue. In the production of fizzy drinks, a special carbon dioxide gas, which is produced by very special processes, is used with 99,99% purity for food production.
Rich minerals contained in natural waters help with the functions of vitamins in our body. Thanks to their rich minerals such as calcium and fluoride; particularly children, women and older people should consume more mineral waters. Experts recommend consumption of minimum 2 liters water and ‘useful liquids’ such as mineral water every year. Consumption can be adjusted according to the mineral needs of body.
Pregnancy is a period that women should pay maximum attention to nutrition. Human body needs more foods, liquids, minerals and vitamins to feed and ensure the growth of baby. To get this contribution through natural ways, regular consumption of mineral water is recommended during pregnancy.
Mineral water does not have any known harmful effects, but it has many benefits for our body. Children in the age of growth need minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, fluoride etc. more than adults. The best way to meet this need is to consume plenty amount of milk and natural waters. Calcium contained in mineral water is very useful for bone structure, while fluoride is very useful for the development of oral and dental health.
Waters should be stored in cool and dry areas away from sunlight. Any odorous substances that might affect the water and packaging should not be stored around the water.
As opposed to the statements, it is not so high. Sodium ranging from 20 to 155 mg on average is taken from a mineral water (1 bottle=200ml). It is equal to 0,9 to 6,45% of daily sodium limit in 1 bottled mineral water. As it could be concluded from the study, the ratio of sodium in mineral water is lower than many other foodstuffs as opposed to the public knowledge. (5 to 6 pieces of olives =233mg, matchbox-size of yellow cheese= 213 mg)