Unfiltered tap water won't contain any harmful microorganisms, but most people know it's better for their health and their taste buds to have any residual chemicals, potential bacteria and microscopic metals removed through water filters.
That said, most people only understand the benefits that come with drinking filtered water. In fact, you'll also enjoy a wealth of benefits by cooking with filtered water, and here are just four.
1. Fuller Flavours
If you're a fan of cook books, you may have noticed that some recipes actually call for filtered water. That's because things you find in unfiltered water, such as chlorine and heavy metal, may alter the flavour of your meals. That's why people generally prefer the taste of coffee or tea that's made with filtered water – only the healthy minerals that your taste buds enjoy are left over. The same is true of your cooking. If you don't care much about delicate flavours, this might not be a big deal. If you're really into your cooking, you'll be stunned by the difference.
2. Healthier Eating
Most people depend on boiling water to kill off any bacteria and viruses that might be found in unfiltered water, but not all water is heated during cooking. If you continue preparing and cooking food using unfiltered water, you could be exposing your food to unhealthy contaminants. If you want to make sure you and your family are not ingesting them, switch to using filtered water instead.
3. Nicer Appearance
Don't they say that the first taste is with the eye? If you believe that, you should really be using filtered water to do your cooking. Why? Because unfiltered water contains a very small amount of chlorine. It's not enough to do any harm, but that chlorine will ever so slightly change the way your food looks. If you're cooking using filtered water, you should begin to notice that colours are just as vibrant as flavours.
4. Better Baking
Do you like to whip up your own loaves of bread or make anything other kind of baked food? Well, you should really be using filtered water when you're preparing those tasty treats. Filtered water is a must-have baking ingredient because some components in unfiltered water react with yeast and reduces its effects. Experienced bakers will know it's the yeast that gives baked goods their volume and structure. If you use unfiltered water, your baking could literally fall flat.