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Old 10-16-2018, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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I see Poland Springs gallons of distilled water as well as regular water on the supermarket shelves.

I had always believed that distilled water was for irons, maybe humidifiers and baby electrical devices? Exclusively?

Should I shy away from actually ingesting it, or no big deal? I bought it by mistake and drank some. No, I'm not feeling ill but it's been my psychological thing to not buy distilled.

Obviously, stores wouldn't place distilled next to regular water if it was wasn't drinkable, as it's easy for some to grab the wrong one.
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:18 PM
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Location: 11235
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It's a question sort of like, "should I wash my rice?"

Sure. If you eat a balanced diet, then you should wash your rice. Any vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that may have been combined with talc or other powder in order to increase the nutritional value of rice (above and beyond what it already has, because some varieties provide you some amazing stuff that you would never believe this little grain was capable of providing to you) can be freely lost to you and are only there in case of an emergency where that rice may be all you have eat for few days or whatever.


Same with distilled water. It is safe to drink, and very pure. It's so pure all the minerals that may be naturally present in the water were removed along with parasites and bacteria, etc in the steam based process that is called distilling. If you have any pink Himalayan (mineral) salt, sprinkle a tiny pinch (I mean teeny tiny. You don't need unnecessary sodium in your diet) of it into your glass. It will help improve the taste. That would make it really no different than the electrolyte enhanced reverse osmosis waters that are much more expensive.

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Old 10-16-2018, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Yes. It is absolutely, 100%, beyond a shadow of a doubt, safe to drink.

Distilled water is made by boiling water, collecting the steam, and allowing the steam to condense back into water. It is somewhat purer than normal water because it has gone through this process.

Drink your fill. No problem.
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Yes. It is absolutely, 100%, beyond a shadow of a doubt, safe to drink.

Distilled water is made by boiling water, collecting the steam, and allowing the steam to condense back into water. It is somewhat purer than normal water because it has gone through this process.

Drink your fill. No problem.
But would most purposely buy it, or just by "mistake" or if hoarding water during an impending storm?

I guess I'm overthinking it too much.

They sell it in supermarkets, but I've never noticed it at convenience stores.

Maybe it's especially good for elderly, infants and poor immune systems?
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Old 10-18-2018, 01:38 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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It won't hurt you. It's just water. It's not for your exclusive beverage because you actually need the minerals in water and distilled water is nothing but pure water, which Incidentily doesn't have much flavor..

There are lots of uses for distilled water, humidifiers, steam iron, car battery, car radiator, c-pap machine and other medical devices. It's readily available and it won't hurt you to drink it. Usually right next to the gallons of distilled water there are gallons of spring water, which is going to taste better.
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Old 10-18-2018, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Hockey Rulez, Texas
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It doesn't taste too great, as stated above. But, some people use it for specific reasons. If you have a humidifier, you will get less internal buildup if you use distilled. Same with a floor steamer I used to have. Some things that use water work better with that.

But yes - it's 100% safe.
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Old 10-18-2018, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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GOOGLE IS A WONDERFUL THING:


https://www.worldofwater.ca/doctors-...stilled-water/
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Old 10-19-2018, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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It's the only kind of bottled water I'll buy.
(and that's only because of all the horror stories I've read over the yrs about other bottled waters. For me, it's the lesser of the evils)
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:29 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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I think if you drank it exclusively you might run into problems. Once in a while, no biggy.
https://www.livestrong.com/article/3...stilled-water/
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:56 PM
 
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I wouldn't drink it.
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