+CuplaKiwis Posted April 13, 2005 Share Posted April 13, 2005 And mineral water can filter through rocks for thousands of years, but still has a best before date on the bottle... There's a good reason for that: mineral water contains a certain, very small, amount of bacteria, and they multiply... If you worry about this sort of thing (and if you habitually drink mineral water instead of tap, you probably do), you might want to do some research on what the health&safety people turn up in bottled water, particularly after it's been sitting outdoors in a warehouse yard for a few months. See for example here. Disclaimer: I have no idea if these people have an "agenda". Discussions about mineral water tends to split the chattering-and-chatting classes into those who think tap water is poisoning them, and those who think shipping water 1000km in bottles by road is environmentally unfriendly and causes pollution, which is poisoning them. "Bacteria" as a whole (Kingdom) are not bad. Like people, it is the few that give the many a bad name. You'd probably find that most if not all bacteria present in a bottle of drinking water would have a life expectancy of, oh, about 3 seconds once they have entered the hosile environment that is your gut. In the good old days (say a million years ago or so) we had to deal with far worse things than this when we ate or drank: our digestive system and intestinal microflora are pretty well adapted for it... As an aside, and to perhaps put this into perspective, note that the number of bacterial cells in your gut outnumber your total number of human cells by a factor of somewhere around ten to one... Quote Link to comment
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