Distillation is one method of water purification. Is distilled water safe to drink or as good for you as other types of water? The answer depends on a few different factors.
What Is Distilled Water?
Distilled water is any water that has been purified using distillation. There are multiple types of distillation, but all of them depend on separating components of a mixture based on their different boiling points. In a nutshell, water is heated to its boiling point. Chemicals that boil off at a lower temperature are collected and discarded; substances that remain in a container after the water evaporates also are discarded. The water that is collected thus has a higher purity than the initial liquid.
Can You Drink Distilled Water?
Usually, the answer is yes, you can drink distilled water. If drinking water is purified using distillation, the resulting water is cleaner and purer than before. The water is safe to drink. The disadvantage to drinking this water is that most of the natural minerals in the water are gone. Minerals are not volatile, so when the water boils off, they are left behind. If these minerals are desirable (calcium, magnesium, iron), the distilled water might be considered inferior to mineral water or spring water. On the other hand, if the initial water contained trace amounts of toxic organic compounds or heavy metals, you might want to drink distilled water rather than the source water.
At the distilled Water Company, we offer distilled and demineralised water and is supplied in bulk quantity. Both our distilled water and demineralised water is of medical grade and is supplied in food grade containers. Our distilled water is used in the motor industry, in medical laboratories and even in small household appliances like steam irons. We don’t recommend distilled water for human consumption.
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