A Surprisingly Easy Way to Improve the Taste of Food

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Water filtration systems are a one stop shop for relieving a variety of problems. They not only improve water quality but have the added benefits of improving the taste of food while being "ecologically guilt-free".

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Our tongue has approximately 100,000 taste buds; all connected to the brain via the nervous system. Each taste bud experiences four basic sensations from various parts of the tongue -- saltiness, sweetness sourness and bitterness. It is a remarkably sensitive system that evaluates everything we put in our mouths.

But what about water? How should it taste? The reality is that pure water does not contain any taste; except when there was something added to it. And because pure water has no inherent taste of its own, ideally it does not affect the seasonings and natural flavors of the food being cooked.

However, according to professional chefs, the quality and taste of water indeed affect the tastes of soup, tea, coffee, even pizza and vegetables. An easy example of this is when chlorine and other chemicals commonly found in water affects the taste of beverages and ice cubes.

The typical consumer may perhaps notice a few distinct tastes in water from various sources. Here are some clues to help identify some of the unnatural tastes that may have encountered: a metallic taste can be caused by extremely mineralized water; a salty taste indicates a high level of bicarbonates; hydrogen sulfide gives a rotten egg taste; and a high level of iron in water can taste a bit like a rusty nail. And if you are taking bottled water, a low-grade plastic bottle could leave your mouth with a plastic taste. If left in the sunlight for some time, that plastic taste can be stronger yet.

When it comes to tap water, the taste varies depending on the chemical treatment, distribution system, including the plumbing system in your area. One of the most common chemicals used in water treatment is chlorine which reacts to organics and causes a slight acidic taste to your water.

Some of the more unpleasant taste in water usually comes from total dissolved solids (TDS) including the presence of metals such as iron, copper, manganese, or zinc. Magnesium chloride, magnesium bicarbonate and fluoride also have distinctive tastes.

So what about boiling the water before consuming it? Boiling the water may eradicate the chemicals and harmful water pollutants but it also gets rid of any vital and beneficial nutrients and minerals.

Because of this, many consumers have turned to bottled water. According to the International Bottled Water Association, in 2008 Americans drank 8.7 billion gallons of bottled water at a cost of more than $12 billion. Further examination demonstrates not only the financial waste of this practice but also a waste of natural resources. Aside from the potential plastic taste of some brands, consuming plastic bottled water represents a serious environmental issue. How do landfills contend with the tons of empty plastic bottles? Even recycling involves expenditure of energy.

This is why environmentally conscious individuals who want to improve the taste and purity of the water used for foods and beverages are turning to water filtration systems. This option leaves consumers with a fresh taste and saved money; it also relieves any “ecological guilt” that comes from consuming plastic bottled water. Affordable and effective water filtration systems can be easily installed by a reputable plumber such as Aztec Plumbing.

This is why Aztec Plumbing is pleased to announce the addition of this vital plumbing service. Aztec's water filtration systems are cost effective and environmentally friendly ways to improve the quality of water in the home. Consumers who add water filtration systems enjoy improved taste in both foods and beverages.

Aztec Plumbing has been voted the number one plumbing company in Southwest Florida for the last 9 years. The reasons for this are numerous; Aztec provides free estimates, one year warranty on all parts and services, expert and courteous technicians, 24/7 emergency plumbing service and fair prices. Southwest Florida locations include Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero.

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