Water is an essential component of our body and plays an important role in our health and in keeping us alive.
It is essential for the functioning of the circulatory, respiratory, excretory and nervous systems, along with metabolic reactions, the maintenance of skin components and the prevention of a number of disorders.
The benefits of water
Water is the most abundant compound on our planet, and all living beings require this component for their metabolic activities. Therefore, it has a vital role for our body and it is impossible to imagine the existence of an individual without water.
Water makes up 70% of the weight of the human body: blood, muscles, brain and bones … all contain water.
The health benefits of this substance are critical to the balance of pH, body temperature, metabolism and respiration. As well as for the prevention of constipation, heartburn, migraines, gastritis, ulcers, kidney stones, cardiovascular problems, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis, etc.
Pregnant women require greater amounts of water, which is also important for kidney function and skin tone.
Best mineral water brands
When we go to the supermarket it is usual to find on the shelves different brands of water, all of them with different prices. This is why the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has decided to draw up a ranking of the best waters.
This body points out that the majority of names of bottled waters coincide with that of the spring, and stresses that if this is not the case, the name of the spring must appear on the label, with a larger dimension than the commercial name. It is also necessary to indicate the municipality and province of the spring.
The OCU reminds us that some brands contain water from different springs, and some springs bottle water for different brands.
Now, what are the best brands according to the OCU? In the following lines you can find the list prepared by this institution.
Veri water is considered the best, along with two other brands . It has its origin in the Aragonese Pyrenees, specifically in the spring of San Martín de Veri (Huesca). It is characterised by its weak mineralisation and good scores in studies on contaminating remains.
It is a very popular water, and is one of the lowest in sodium content.
2. Light Fountain
Light Fountain shares podium with Veri water and the next water on the list . Its average price is 26 cents, a cost suitable for all pockets but not at all low. Like the above water, it has a low mineral content and can therefore be used for making baby food.
It is bottled in Cuenca, in the Huerta del Marquesado. The marks of this water, taking into account the evaluation criteria, are very good.
It is obtained from the spring of Masegoso (Albacete) , and together with the previous ones, it is considered one of the best waters on the market, mainly because of the relationship between its quality and its price.
The price per litre is lower than the previous ones, only 16 cents. Also of weak mineralization, it is a water with good scores for its great concordance with the mineralization and for the low levels of polluting agents.
4. Solán de Cabras
This water is one of the best known, largely because of the quality it offers . It is more expensive than the previous ones, with a price of around 40 cents per liter. It comes from the Beteta spring in Cuenca and the results obtained in the evaluation are excellent. It is of weak mineralization.
5. White Fountain
It is the water of the Carrefour and is of Andalusian origin, as it comes from Jaen, from the spring of Sorihuela del Guadalimar . Its value for money is excellent, and has one of the lowest prices compared to the competition. Only 14 cents per litre. In all the sections they have very good notes. It is of weak mineralization, like the great majority of waters of this list.
6. Font Vella
Possibly the most famous water in Spain, thanks to its marketing campaigns and its role on television since the 70s. It is a quality water, with a price of around 30 cents per liter. It comes from Gerona.
7. Cave Water
It is a little known water; however, it has excellent results in valuations . It is of Asturian origin, from the spring found in Felechosa. Its average price per litre is 30 cents and it has a great quality, although it can be improved in some valuation criteria. It is of weak mineralization.
8. Monte Pinos
It is the water of El Corte Inglés, and it is in this ranking because it is a great water . Its average price is 26 cents per liter. With regard to its score in the agreement of its mineralization and the section of pollutants, the results are excellent. It is obtained in Soria, from the Almazán spring.
It is the water of the Lidl and, like most products of this brand, its price is economic: 19 cents per liter . An excellent water in relation to its quality and its price. Some parameters of the evaluation can be improved, but it is a good water. It is perfect for all ages, and is from Albacete, from the Masegoso spring.
To close the list, we have Fontecabras water, which is considered to be of good quality , and excellent in its quality/price ratio. In fact, the price per litre is only 12 cents. It is of medium mineralization and is obtained from the Jaraba spring in Zaragoza.
- Consumer and User Organization. (2017). Water, transparent and in bottle. Available at: https://www.ocu.org/alimentacion/agua/informe/agua-embotellada