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The French Have Great Water, and Here's Why


The French Have Great Water, and Here's Why

The French Have Great Water
The French Have Great Water

France has some of the best tap water in the world, and it’s not just good—it’s better than bottled water. Just ask the French, who can tell you that the water they drink from their faucets every day just tastes better than anything they can buy in bottles at the store. So why do they drink so much bottled water? While we don’t know why other countries are buying so much bottled water, we do know what makes French tap water so good and how it stacks up against American and Canadian tap water and bottled brands like Dasani and Aquafina.

The French tap water is clean

France has great water, but a few things to consider before drinking from the tap. Read on for tips on how to best enjoy it. 

Even though France has some of the best water in the world, you'll want to filter your water if you're pregnant or have a compromised immune system due to chemotherapy or an organ transplant. Most filters only need changing every six months. The easiest way to make sure you don't drink unfiltered water is by installing a carbon filter at the kitchen sink. You can also buy bottled mineral water from pharmacies that are not carbonated, which tastes better than most filtered waters. There are plenty of brands to choose from; just avoid plastic bottles and stick with glass or stainless steel containers. If you don't feel like lugging them home, they usually offer public fill stations near supermarkets. For those who want their water chilled, invest in a small refrigerator with a built-in filter.

It tastes good

Yes, the water in France tastes good. Yes, there are many bottled drinks of water in France. But I think what’s most interesting about this discussion is that people don’t seem to think it matters whether the water actually tastes good or not. There is always some new competitor on the horizon waiting to steal your customers by bragging that their water comes from a different mountain somewhere (and they didn't even have to live in a three-floor house). Drinking sparkling water just makes you feel cool!

In contrast, drinking tap water feels like being hugged for 30 minutes with no break. You will be bloated, full, and uncomfortable for hours afterward. You won't want to go out because all you can think about is how terrible you feel, yet there's no way of knowing if it was the tap water or something else that made you sick.

Healthier than other bottled waters

Around ten years ago, I remember taking a trip to France where I noticed that not only were the tap water fountains everywhere with cups on top of them, but many people seemed to be drinking the water out of wine glasses. The reason for this became clear when I spent my first day exploring Nice – the restaurants I visited all served sparkling water. 

Whether they were preparing coffee or waiting on me at a cafe table, they would immediately put a glass full of sparking H2O in front of me. It turned out that most of these people drink their daily water from natural springs found throughout the country. As one Frenchman said to me: It tastes better, it is healthier than other bottled waters.

Tap water encourages healthy habits

Tap water is so great because it encourages healthier habits. A recent study showed that people who drank only tap water had a lower risk of developing diabetes. The lack of sugar in the water helped with this effect. Tap water has also been shown to help promote healthy teeth, which is not possible with processed juice or bottled water. And finally, your body will thank you for avoiding the chemicals found in other drinks and foods. 

These chemicals disrupt hormones, cause inflammation, and can lead to cancer. When we don't drink enough water (which is necessary for everything from cognition to immune function), our organs become overworked and don't work as well as they should. Drinking water helps flush out toxins and aids digestion by keeping things moving along smoothly. It also assists with muscle recovery after exercise! If you need an extra push, be sure to make your own tasty concoctions. Mix up some cucumber slices and lemon juice in ice-cold water for a refreshing summertime treat!

Bottled water is expensive

Bottled water is not just a luxury. In the US alone we spend over $15 billion a year on bottled water. That is an incredible waste of money and fossil fuels. And that is only in the US. Globally, the average person drinks 37 gallons of bottled water a year. 

  1. Now you can drink good-tasting tap water instead! France has great tap water because they filter it through sand and gravel which removes any impurities. 
  2. The lack of plastic bottles makes for much less litter as well. Plus you're getting all those healthy minerals from calcium to zinc. 
  3. It's also better for the environment. One study found that around 40% of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are related to transportation. 
  4. If people switched back to drinking filtered tap water, we could be saving so many resources!

Avoid plastic waste by using reusable bottles instead of buying plastic bottles every day

In the US, it is estimated that 33% of all plastic water bottles are thrown away within a year of purchase. With only 20% of all water bottles being recycled, this has led to one-third of all plastic found in the oceans coming from plastics used to package drinking water. Additionally, for every liter (4.2 pounds) of bottled water produced, three liters (6.6 pounds) of CO2 are released into the atmosphere as a result of its production process. Some people may say that they cannot afford to buy reusable bottles and have them delivered, but you can save up money by not buying bottled water during your work week or skipping a morning coffee. 

If you have time during the day, fill up your reusable bottle with tap water at work. Tap water is regulated by law and can be trusted just as much as bottled brands.


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