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The Daily Meal Tap Water Taste Test (slideshow)

The Daily Meal Tap Water Taste Test (slideshow)

We samples water straight from the faucet from ten cities around America — and guess whose water we liked the best?

We procured 10 samples of tap water around the country, mailing large-sized glass Ball jars as the vessels (glass was used to avoid that weird, vaguely carcinogenic-tasting yuck that can seep into water from plastic containers). We requested that the jars be filled by submersion in a clean vat of water straight from the faucet, so that there were no air bubbles that might disrupt the flavor. To create a fair study, we took the New York tap water (from our studio kitchen) and set it aside with our collection, so that the New York water was no fresher than the rest.

The Daily Meal Tap Water Taste Test

We procured 10 samples of tap water around the country, mailing large-sized glass Ball jars as the vessels (glass was used to avoid that weird, vaguely carcinogenic-tasting yuck that can seep into water from plastic containers). To create a fair study, we took the New York tap water (from our studio kitchen) and set it aside with our collection, so that the New York water was no fresher than the rest.

10. Los Angeles

Everyone we know in Los Angeles will be absolutely unsurprised by this result. The tap water there is not exactly lauded — Los Angelenos frequently complain about it, and if our study determines anything, it’s that they all have a reason to be sipping bottled or filtered. Our panel was unanimously disappointed by the flavor of this tap water, all of them commenting on the city’s “swimming pool water.” When chlorine is the overwhelming flavor — and scent — of a water, it earns ratings like these: on a scale of 60 to 100, not one panelist ranked Los Angeles over a 63. Maybe this is a trade-off for that perfect weather you guys like to boast about?

9. Cleveland

Also low on the list was Cleveland’s tap water, although for very different reasons than L.A.’s. Rather than tasting like a swimming pool, most of our testers thought the Forest City’s water tasted “briney,” “vegetal,” and “like algae.” Sorry, Cleveland: your brackish swamp water is decidedly not up our alley.

8. Atlanta

Most of our testers said that they noticed a “chemically-treated” taste, some describing the flavor as “rubbery,” or “plasticy.” While we understand the childhood joy of gumming soft plastic toys, most of us lose our taste for this flavor sometime around age four, and we definitely don’t want our drinking water to be reminiscent of a My Little Pony’s hoof.

7. Philadelphia

Not one of our tasters ranked Philly’s water higher than a 68, largely because the City of Brotherly Love’s water supply tastes “flat,” and “has a faint chlorine smell,” according to our tasters. We’re sorry, too, Philadelphia: but don’t worry, you’ll always have cheesesteaks.

6. Denver

Denver may have been the biggest surprise of the test. When we envision the city of Denver, we think — well, okay, first we think of wildly uncomfortable altitude sickness, but then we envision Colorado’s beautiful mountains, reputation for nature conservation, and clean landscape dusted in pure snow. Apparently this isn’t enough to create delicious tap water, however. Our tasters said that Denver’s tap water has “no aroma,” which brings it a step up from Philadelphia, but that it suffers from a “chemical” flavor, and “tastes just like a pool smells.”

5. Boston

Boston had the most varied scores of all the waters we tried, with a 20-point range of 60 to 80. Most of our testers found the city’s water “inoffensive,” although they also noted that it had an odd, slightly off quality, “like water from a bathroom tap.” Sorry, City on a Hill: yours may be technically just as potable as a kitchen’s tap water, but everyone knows you’re just not quite as good.

4. Chicago

Unlike the Windy City’s beautiful architecture and killer Italian beef, Chicago’s tap water is decidedly “middle of the road,” according to our testers. While the water had “no smell,” it also tasted “subtly chemical,” and “without much mineral content.” According to the City of Chicago’s most recent Water Quality Report, Chicago has a relatively low sodium content compared to many other cities’’ water, which may be responsible, in part, for the lower mineral flavor.

3. Houston

All of our testers agreed that Houston’s tap water was very good, and that whether you enjoyed the flavor or not was a matter of personal preference. If you enjoy “softer, sweeter” water, with a “slightly oily” texture, water from Space City is right up your alley. The comparison most often made during the trial was to Evian, which is pretty high praise in many people’s books.

2. Portland

Given Portland’s reputation for being an environmentally focused city that takes its natural resources seriously, we were delighted but unsurprised to find their water is quite lovely, ranking almost exclusively in the '80s among our testers. “Rich,” one tester pronounced Rose City’s water, while others dubbed it “complex,” “mineral,” and with a “nice body.” One tester even paid it the highest compliment a New Yorker is capable of: “it’s familiar — it reminds me of New York water.”

1. New York

It’s official: Gotham has the best-tasting city water in America. Granted, we understand that there may be some outside factors at play here. All of our panelists are New Yorkers through birth or choice, so a preference for the familiar water may be an intrinsic challenge to the test’s validity. However, the results were clear: New York water was the overall favorite, although our tasters still had some minor complaints. While some of our taste-testers found that the city’s water “looks and tastes clear,” and has “no aroma,” others stated that it tasted “faintly of chlorine,” and one acknowledged only that it tasted “clean,” and just “okay.” This might be because we get a lot of, ahem, unintentionally added flavors in our water. Still, the number one spot is held by Gotham! We’ve never been prouder.


15 Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated

According to the old rule of thumb, you're supposed to drink eight glasses of water per day (and some experts recommend even more). That can seem like a daunting task on some days, but here's the catch: You don't have to drink all that water. Roughly 20% of our daily H2O intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

It's still important to drink plenty of water&mdashespecially in the summertime&mdashbut you can also quench your thirst with these 15 hugely hydrating foods, all of which are at least 90% water by weight.


Most diets generate acid in the body, thus making our bodies susceptible to the development of different disorders and illnesses. Baking soda is a natural remedy for balancing the body’s pH. Acid in the body can raise the risk of osteoporosis and arthritis, for example.

That’s why this cheap, common ingredient could be the best natural remedy to prevent these conditions from developing. Be careful to drink a minimal amount daily. Don’t take too much as this could be damaging to the body, making it too alkaline.


Here’s Why Tonic Water Isn’t as Healthy as You Think

If you love the taste of tonic water, recent research shows you might just have a bigger brain than the rest of us. Hwang L-D, et al. (2019). Associations between brain structure and perceived intensity of sweet and bitter tastes. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2019.01.046 Now that you have a fun icebreaker to use with a gin and tonic in hand, let’s find out if it’s a-OK to imbibe.

In fact, “tonic water” is a bit of a misnomer. Sure, the bubbly drink starts out as carbonated water, and then quinine — a bitter alkaloid once used to treat malaria — is added. Meyer CG, et al. (2004). Editorial: Gin tonic revisited. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2004.01357.x

Nothing wrong with that, but most store-bought varieties also add fruit extracts and sugar. When you add 4 ounces of tonic water to a standard cocktail, you’re sipping on 11 grams of sugar — just as much as if you’d poured 4 ounces of Sprite.

We already know that too much sugar is bad news. A 2019 study showed that the more sugar-sweetened drinks we consume, the greater our risk of early death from cardiovascular disease and cancer, particularly among women. Malik VS, et al. (2019). Long-term consumption of sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages and risk of mortality in US adults. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.037401

Sometimes, the sweetness in tonic water comes from high-fructose corn syrup, but the news there isn’t much better. In 2015, researchers found a link between drinking syrup-filled beverages and a greater risk of heart disease. Stanhope KL, et al. (2015). A dose-response study of consuming high-fructose corn syrup–sweetened beverages on lipid/lipoprotein risk factors for cardiovascular disease in young adults. DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.114.100461

Tonic water seems like it would be in a different class than the soft drinks we think of when we hear those kinds of statistics. But if you take a gander at the nutrition labels on a bottle of tonic water and a bottle of Coke, you’ll notice the two have an almost identical number of calories.

Obviously, most of us consume Coke and tonic water differently — maybe drinking a whole can of the former but using just a few ounces of the latter to complement a cocktail. So, while that first gin and tonic isn’t something to worry about, the added sugar becomes a concern when you’re on your third or fourth.

Unfortunately, making healthier choices isn’t as simple as opting for diet tonic water. Calorie-free sweeteners like aspartame (Equal) and saccharin (Sweet’N Low) are a bit scandalous in the health world.

Some researchers believe that artificial sweeteners prep your body for a sugar fix and then don’t deliver. According to a 2010 study, if you’re left craving sweets after you slurp down a soda, you’re more likely to eat — and keep eating. Yang Q. (2010). Gain weight by “going diet?” Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892765/

In 2013, researchers decided to test this theory. They had 200 people replace their sugary drinks with diet varieties or water for 6 months. The conclusion? Diet-beverage drinkers actually ate fewer desserts than the water drinkers, so there’s that. Piernas C, et al. (2013). Does diet-beverage intake affect dietary consumption patterns? Results from the Choose Healthy Options Consciously Everyday (CHOICE) randomized clinical trial. DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.112.048405

A 2017 review noted that the long-term impact of sweeteners is not yet known. And they do little in the way of weight loss. In fact, the opposite may be true: Sometimes diet-beverage drinkers gain weight and have an increased risk of chronic diseases. Azad MB, et al. (2017). Nonnutritive sweeteners and cardiometabolic health: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and prospective cohort studies. DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.161390


These Are The Best And Worst Beverages You Can Drink To Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your body healthy, but we get it: It's hard to remember to drink as much as you should. Water can get boring after a while, and maybe you want something with flavor to pair with a certain meal. Either way, hydration is important for regulating body functions, improving sleep, and keeping your immune system strong. We connected with Kimberly Arnold, licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Enlitened Nutrition for her insight on the best hydrating drinks&mdashand the least hydrating ones, too.

Best Drinks For Hydration

Water

This one is a no brainer. Water (both still and sparkling!) is the easiest way to stay hydrated on a day to day basis. It's calorie-free, more readily available, and super refreshing on hot days. Our bodies are also made up of about 60 percent water, as Arnold pointed out, so it's important we are constantly putting more into our body. "On any given day, we lose about eight to 12 cups of water through sweat, breath, and urine. Aiming for half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water every day, will keep your mind and body working optimally," she said. Pro tip: If you don't love the taste of plain water all the time, mix it up with fresh fruit slices or frozen juice ice cubes.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks like Gatorade are good for rehydrating, but only under specific circumstances. Arnold said these drinks are only really helpful after you've worked out or done any other high intensity activity. "When we sweat, we lose both water and electrolytes. Many people assume that these recovery drinks are healthy or even essential because they provide these electrolytes," she said. "In most circumstances, these drinks are only needed after moderate to high intensity workouts that have lasted over an hour or with excessive sweating." Arnold also suggests really reading the labels before you choose a sports drink because there can be tons of artificial colors, sweeteners, and excess sugar depending on the product.

Tea or Coffee

If you want a caffeine boost that doesn't totally dehydrate you, go with tea or coffee instead of an energy drink. Many energy drinks have way more caffeine from both natural and artificial ingredients than the recommended daily intake. "Energy drinks can be deceiving and may contain excessive amounts of caffeine, often alongside herbal stimulants, sugar, sodium and artificial ingredient," Arnold explained. "In healthy adults, 400 mg caffeine per day or less is generally considered safe if consumed over the course of a day. Some energy drinks can contain close to that in one bottle." Tea and coffee are also good options because you can dilute tea with water and add milk or your preferred sweetener to your coffee yourself rather than guessing what you're getting from a label.

Worst Drinks For Hydration

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks pack way more sugar and unwanted ingredients than you may think. That's why Arnold suggests sticking with coffee or tea if you really need that extra boost. Energy drinks are also a bad choice for children and adolescents because of the caffeine content. Whenever you're looking for a caffeinated drink, "Be sure to look at the serving size and count all sources of caffeine towards your total," Arnold said.

Alcohol

This should seem like a given, but it's an important one, nonetheless! Any alcoholic beverage like beer, wine, or liquor, and especially anything with over 10 percent ABV will be dehydrating. This is why if you're drinking and it's hot out, you should definitely take that one water per drink ratio seriously. It'll keep you hydrated while keeping you buzzed and lessen your chances of a nasty hangover.

Hot Cocoa

Sure, you may not be gravitating toward hot beverages in the summer, but in case you were thinking about it, hot cocoa isn't a great choice for hydration purposes. It's thick in consistency and packed with sugar making it more of a dessert than a hydration beverage. This also goes for other fancy drinks like pumpkin spice lattes and secret menu Starbucks Frapps. Drinks like that are great for Instagram pics and satisfying your sweet tooth, but make sure you're drinking a lot of water throughout the day, too.


What All The Royals Actually Eat In A Day

Yet another chance for you to copy literally everything Meghan Markle does.

William and Harry are taken &mdashfine &mdash but there's still hope for those trying to live their lives as royally as possible. Your first order of business: Overhauling your diet. Here's what a bunch of royals actually consume in a day. Tag yourself: I'm the Queen and her daily FOUR alcoholic beverages!

Sure, yes, don't we all, etc., but she actually told Delish pre-Harry that vino is one of her vices. She of course loves Tignanello so much she named her now-defunct lifestyle site after it, but noted "in the summer, though, when I'm out with my friends, it's rosé all day."

Hot water with lemon, specifically. On shoot days (#TBT Suits, omg), she'd follow that up with steel-cut oatmeal with bananas.

Again, this was back when she was on TV, but one has to imagine her clean eating schedule of a salad with a bit of protein and snack of apples and almond butter isn't so different now.

Meghan will do the green juice thing if she's feeling peckish, but she noted "green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me." It's certainly not her fav.

If all the above doesn't cut it, she's really into almonds as a healthy and filling snack.

"I'm always hoping I'm having lunch with people, so we can share fries. It's its own food group for me," Meghan said. Yes. The Duchess loves her some French fries whenever she can get her hands on them. Stars: They're just like us!

Having spent years in Canada shooting Suits, Meghan mastered poutine. Mozz is not the way to top it all of, she said. "It's got to squeak when you bite into it. Really. The cheese curds should make a squeaking noise when you bite into them or squeeze them. That's how you know you've got the right kind."

If she goes all in on lunch, she's usually "peckish" around dinner time. She named soup as a usual option for later in the day.

Meghan likes steak. In fact, her little-known steak hack is to squeeze lemon all up on the meat right before serving: "It really brings out the steak's flavor."

Yeah, Meghan isn't allowed to have garlic anymore, especially not ahead of royal visits. That's because (1) it's not really nice to have bad breath, per royal protocol and (2) the Queen just haaates it.

Maybe it's that she's been thoroughly immersed in #RoyalLiving for a lot longer than Meghan has, but the Duchess of Cornwall reportedly loves spicy and garlic-laden foods, eating them whenever she can.

Though she is 100-percent down to try pasta in new places, she pointed to going gluten free as what really helped her skin start glowing.

He reportedly swore off pizza &mdash a staple of his lil royal life! &mdash long before the wedding. He's also said to have cut out carbs almost entirely, at least leading up to his wedding.

She's said to enjoy curry &mdash both making it and eating it. She'll make it not just for her family, but also for any guests who come over.

Kate reportedly stuck to a super high protein, low carb regimen before her 2011 wedding to William. It's unclear if Kate still maintains this routine, but she was said to be super strict with it around that time.

Her go-to's include ceviche and gazpacho.

Post-Princess Charlotte, Kate supposedly turned to a more fruit- and vegetable-forward routine. She was said to be super into ceviche, goji berries, gazpacho, watermelon salad, almond milk and tabbouleh after giving birth, not only because it was delish, but also because it helped her lose the weight she wanted to get rid of.

Again, she's really into holiday foods, meaning come time for Christmas feasting, she's all about the cakes and pastries and batches of other sweet stuff that's involved. Yes, Kate! ILY, Kate!!

Kate famously battled hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancies, which made it incredibly difficult for her to gain the weight needed to sustain herself. During those periods, she constantly turned to meals filled with healthy fats, like avocados, berries, and oatmeal.

Of geoduck, she said, "It's really unusual. I've never seen it before. It's so fresh from the sea."

She's really into a jam roly-poly or sticky toffee pudding accompaniment, for example. Yas, Kate, yas.

And with tea comes cookies biscuits. To mix it up, she'll eat "toast and marmalade or, on special occasions, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and a grating of truffle," The Telegraph reports. Oh, and "she prefers brown eggs because she thinks they taste better."

Pre-lunch is when Lilibet gets into her first drink of the day, which is typically a wine-based aperitif. Afterward, she'll typically have a fish and some veggies for lunch. No starch, though. No starch almost ever!

That typically features two kinds of sandwiches: a sweet one and a savory one. And, you know, maybe a drink.

Though the protein may vary, the Queen sticks to the same meat-and-veggies format for the most part (with the meat very well done, always). She also requires chocolate biscuit cake. According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, "she&rsquoll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece. she wants to finish the whole of that cake.&rdquo He added that even when she travels, the cake goes with her.


How to use the WW app


Available for Apple and Android, our award-winning app lets you take myWW+ with you wherever you go!

How to use the WW app

Your homescreen

  • Track food, activity, water, and sleep quickly and easily.
  • Tap the Search bar to look up specific foods and get recipe recommendations with our "What's in your fridge?" feature.
  • Tap your check in cards daily. Each card is designed to help you build healthy habits, one small but powerful step at a time.
  • Read expert content personalized to the goal you set in your Weekly Check-In.
  • Do a 5-Minute Coaching session or Headspace meditation to build helpful ways of thinking and stress less.
  • Move more each day with do-it-anywhere fitness content from FitOn and Aaptiv .
  • See how many days you've stayed in the Healthy Eating Zone —these are the days you've tracked and stayed within your daily SmartPoints Budget.

"What's in your fridge?" recipe suggester

Now you can find recipe ideas based on what you actually have on hand.

  • Tap the Search bar to open "What's in your fridge?"
  • Enter the ingredients you want to use, the number of SmartPoints you want to spend, and a note about any foods you want to exclude.
  • See what we recommend!

Meal planner


Plan meals right in the WW app! Pick from your favorite WW recipes or use one of our 5-day menus.

  • A new “Your weekly plan” button will appear in the horizontal navigation once you tap into the search bar.
  • There is also a new button on all food, recipe, and meal details that enables you to add the item to your plan and then view your plan, if you’d like.
  • Additionally, when you search for foods, recipes, and meals as you normally would, if any items that you’ve planned are a match against your search, you’ll see those in the results.

Weekly Check-In


A Weekly Check-in card will appear on your homescreen on your weigh-in day. Tap to launch the experience.

  • Track your weight
  • Take a moment to reflect on how your felt this week
  • See your progress report which includes data from four wellness pillars: food, activity, mindset, and sleep
  • If you want, set a goal for the week ahead.

If you want to update your weight or track it on a different day, here’s how:


Oceanside, Calif.

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Not to spoil anything, but this isn't the only Southern California city to claim one of the bottom three slots. With an overall score of 39.79, Oceanside finished just below Cape Coral. While recent city water reports have come out clean, older ones have found traces of lead.

Oceanside, which is located between Los Angeles and San Diego on the Pacific coast, ranks #157 in terms of consumer satisfaction and #182 for infrastructure vulnerability.


Finding the Right Diet for Preventing Diabetes

A prediabetes diet plan can help your blood sugars get closer to or even within healthy ranges. In prediabetes, your blood sugar is higher than normal but still lower than in diabetes (this is known as insulin resistance). Your doctor may tell you that you have prediabetes if you have:

  • Fasting blood sugar level of 100 to 125 mg/dl,
  • An oral glucose tolerance test of 140 to 199 mg/dl, or
  • Glycated hemoglobin (A1c range) of 5.7% to 6.4%.

Need more help with blood sugar levels? View our chart to help you keep your blood sugar in a healthy range!

While you have some insulin resistance, your body is still producing and responding to insulin – and that’s great news. It means you can put together a nutritious plan that follows pre diabetic diet recommendations and expect better health.

A healthy diet for prediabetes does not necessarily need to be low in carbohydrates. According to U.S. News and World Report rankings, the two types of diet for prediabetes and high cholesterol in 2021, are moderate diet patterns. A Mediterranean diet pattern is ranked first, followed closely by the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, diet.


Gluten-Free Vegan Cupcakes and More!

Are you tired of being left out when desserts are offered? We know how hard it can be to be gluten-free, processed sugar-free (or maybe even completely grain-free).

We've been there, and we have your solution! Both of us have been gluten-free for over ten years and have mastered the art of gluten-free and grain-free living.

Don't miss out on all your favorite baked treats! Learn some ridiculously guilt-free cupcakes that fly off the plates at parties.

All recipes have low-carb or sugar-free options. This class is recorded and yours for life once the class finishes.

Nice to meet you

Pure Joy Planet is an innovative plant-based culinary school offering wellness coaching, courses, certification programs, and plant-based food development. Operated and taught by Elaina Love and Katelyn Louise, we serve those who follow a vegan, gluten, grain and dairy-free, plant-based keto, paleo, and flexitarian diet approaches.

We help women get to the root cause of their health problems, weight gain, and hormonal imbalances by accessing the emotional triggers around food and their health, coupled with the healing power of whole foods, herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and superfoods. We do this by meeting them where they are at - we don&rsquot promote dieting, dogma, or restrictive protocols. We support your team of health professionals by supporting you in breaking through old patterns of unworthiness and emotional eating.

Our mission is to teach our clients how to have a balanced, healthy lifestyle that is tailored to their unique health and nutrition needs. Through our online courses, coaching programs, retreats, and other live events, we bring the power of preparing food at home back to you.

Founded by Chef Elaina Love in 2010, Pure Joy Planet and our Pure Joy Academy has trained thousands of students from all over the world.


Watch the video: Ultimate Water Taste Test (December 2021).