Water is used in nearly every single food or beverage that you make at home. As a result, the quality of your home’s tap water can have a direct impact on a wide variety of things that you make in the kitchen on a daily basis. Today we’re going to talk about the effects of cooking with unfiltered tap water and why filtering your home’s water can lead to foods and beverages that are both safer and tastier!
How does cooking with unfiltered tap water affect the health of food and beverages?
Think for a moment about all of the ways that tap water is used when you’re cooking on a daily basis: We wash our produce in tap water; we use water as a base for soups, stocks and sauces; we boil pasta in water; and water is the main ingredient in most beverages.
If your tap water is unfiltered, it likely contains contaminants that will be transferred onto the food and beverages that you make at home. Even if these contaminants show up in lower levels in food, they still add to our daily doses of those contaminants, and the health effects of those contaminants will be amplified.
In addition, if you’re someone who buys organic produce, unfiltered tap water can add some of the same contaminants onto your fruits and vegetables that you are trying to avoid in the first place, such as traces of pesticides and chemicals.
How does cooking with unfiltered tap water affect the taste of food and beverages?
One of the most noticeable effects of cooking with unfiltered tap water is that it alters the taste of your foods and beverages. There are a number of common water contaminants that impart an offensive taste, including:
If your water contains any of these contaminants, it can affect the taste of all kinds of foods and beverages you make at home, especially things like coffee, iced tea, hot chocolate, soups, stocks, sauces, ice cubes, smoothies and shakes.
Filter your tap water for safer and tastier cooking at home!
Filtering your home’s water can have two positive effects on your cooking at home. First, it will reduce your exposure to water contaminants that can affect your health, both in the water you drink and in the water that you use for cooking. Second, removing contaminants from your water will make your food and beverages taste better because they won’t impart the strange tastes that come from the contaminants we listed above.
If you have any questions about cooking with unfiltered tap water, or if you’d like a water system serviced or installed in your home, contact McBride’s Water Advantage, your water softener and water filtration system dealer in Epsom, NH. We provide service all over New Hampshire, including towns like Canterbury, Epping and Strafford, NH.