Using Soft Water for Cleaning is Better

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Yes, you read it right, cleaning using soft water is better than hard water. Use it for washing fruits, vegetables, meats and even kitchen fixtures and utensils. For many of us, the thing is not necessary and we don’t even bother thinking about it. A clean tap water is enough.

For micro-scale to large food establishment washing with chlorinated water will do. It has a disinfectant effect that can kill most bacteria but may impart off-odor and off-flavor to food commodities. In any restaurant or fast foods, dishes with chlorine off-odor is a shame.  It mean a loose of customers in the end.

According to studies, washing with soft water removes 37% more bacteria than washing with tap/hard water. If the first washing is not enough, wash it twice or thrice. This will cause you higher water bills but a least you attained a clean product free from chlorine taste and odor.

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Hard water contains high concentrations of minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium and chlorine. Capacity of water to adsorb microbes is reduce significantly because more water molecules are adhered to  minerals. On the other hand, soft water is made by removing those minerals. This can be done through distillation or filtration. Soft water has stronger microbes adsorbing capacity and can remove more bacteria than hard version.

Using purified water as wash agent may not be feasible for home or large food processing plant. Buying purified water  is very costly. But providing a small water purification facility or equipment will reduce the cost in the long run.

Cleaning with soft water was found to improved poultry carcass. It might improve other meat carcass too.

Purified Drinking Water Tasted Like Chlorine

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The next training day (I am attending a seminar), I decided not to bring drinking water. The training management provides ample supply of purified drinking water by means of hot and cold water dispenser. I just brought a water bottle to serve as my drinking medium. Besides drinking water in its cold state is very refreshing.

I am trying to avoid all sorts of artificial beverages such as cola and juice drinks. Drinking those is not a good habit.

I was expecting that the water was purified or mineralized  but I was disappointed when I drank it. The taste was like chlorinated water. I was amazed that a producer of such awful tasting product exist. I asked my co-trainees if they like the taste of purified water that was provided. They replied that it was okay because they are accustomed to it. Water supply in their area is also chlorinated and drinking such is not an issue.

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Water chlorination is done to disinfect it out of all harmful microorganisms like Escherichia coli, the common water contaminant. It can be used in drinking water to some extent but making a commercial drinking water taste like chlorine is a shame.

I am thinking if it was really a purified drinking water or not. It was my first time to encounter a bad tasting water product, most of them taste good like a fresh water from a spring. Seeing other gallons with seal still intact proved that it was really a purified drinking water.

Are you a producer of mineral or purified drinking water? Please see to it that your product has no off-taste and off-odors!

Lemon and Lime Flavour Spring Water Drink Recall

Food Standard Agency of United Kingdom issued a Product Recall Information Notice:  Some batches of Lemon and Lime Flavour Still Spring Water Drink was recalled. The recall order is due to product’s unpleasant smell possible mold growth. A product of Co-operative Group.flavour water recall

The product that has been recalled is:

Product: The Co-operative Lemon and Lime Flavour Still Spring Water Drink
Pack size: 6 x 500ml bottles
Best before: December 2010 and February 2011
Batch codes: L0158, L0159, L0175, L0179, L0229, L0230
The Co-operative has recalled the affected batches of water from consumers on a precautionary basis and is displaying notices in stores that sell the product, explaining why the product has been recalled. If you have bought this product contact the Co-operative customer relations team on 08000 686 727 for a refund.

No other Co-operative Group products are known to be affected.

8-ounce Glasses of Water

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How many glasses of water do you drink everyday?  Doctors often advice us to drink at least 8-ounce glasses  of water daily. How many of us follow this advice.  I drink  at least 8 glasses of water when I am home. In work place, I drink a glass of water when I am thirsty.  In travel, I only wet my mouth when I am thirsty.

Why do I have this habit? A lot of water make me pee very often. It is just fine when I am home. I don’t mind going to comfort room very often. But having to pee very often during office hours is a nuisance and it is very uncomfortable during travel.  Imagine having to pee in the middle of three hours commute travel. It feels like it is going to rain down to your pants.

A man can live for weeks and even months without food but can hardly survive for days without water. Obviously my habit is not right. Even the slightest dehydration can be detrimental.  Water is consider the most important nutrient. Keep your body properly hydrated.

Water functions in our bodies as follows.

1. Brain is 75% water. Moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness

2. Water is required for expiration

3. Regulates body temperature

4. Carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body

5. Blood is 92% water

6. Moistens oxygen for breathing

7. Protects and cushions vital organs

8. Helps to convert food into energy

9. Helps body absorb nutrients

10. Removes waste

11. Bones are 22% water

12. Muscles are 75% water

13. Cushions joints

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