Last week we looked at some good non-dairy food sources of calcium. But there was one I held back for this week. And it’s a favorite of mine. Today we will look at mineral water as a calcium source in the diet.
I don’t know about you, but until recently, whenever I thought about drinking mineral water, I tended to dismiss the ‘mineral’ part. Yes, I wanted minerals in there but I didn’t ever think that the mineral part could significantly contribute anything to my diet.
Then I found a specific mineral water that is far superior to other brands in terms of its mineral content. It contains 2.5g of minerals per liter of water. And drinking a liter of it provides more than a third of your daily calcium recommended intake! I think that is impressive. Take a look at the infographic below to see which water it is and how it compares to other popular brands.
So yes, Gerolsteiner is a high mineral content water, in a class of its own. The only downside is that it comes from Germany which means it has to travel a long way and so there is an environmental impact. But……as we saw last week, it’s not easy to get the recommended 1000mg calcium/day so using water, which we are drinking anyhow, as one of our sources makes sense. Maybe if we choose to drink Gerolsteiner, we can put more focus in buying other foods that are local. Or maybe the first step is to increase our awareness of where our foods come from.
Here’s a little video so you can find out more about the source of Gerolsteiner mineral water.
Mineral water as a calcium source
If you currently drink mineral water, how does it stack up to Gerolsteiner? Does it provide good mineral levels? Do you struggle to get enough calcium in your diet? Maybe it’s worth giving Gerolsteiner a try? Yes, it does cost more than some of the other waters but shop around. It is generally available in Safeway, Whole Foods, Shaws, and many other places. Find where it is the cheapest near you. Think of it as buying a supplement with an added hydration bonus.
Providing more than 1/3 daily calcium and more than 1/4 daily magnesium per liter, Gerolsteiner definitely makes you think about the minerals in mineral water.
Let me know what you think of the taste too. The combination and level of minerals naturally changes the taste of water a little.
Remember, mineral water springs were highly prized by many ancient cultures. We seem to have forgotten this, probably because the mineral content is generally not what it used to be.