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Bottled or Tapped?












Hi foodie lovers. Which do you prefer tapped or bottled water?

I personally prefer tap since it’s convenient, cheaper and taste better. Although you may prefer bottled water. So which one is better? There is only one way to find out…

Water is the most important part of our daily lives and in South Africa we are so fortunate able to drink water from our taps as to other countries where water is classified unsafe for consumption.

 Although people have access to pure clean, top quality water from our taps we still tend to buy bottled water.

Water in plastic bottles are a available wherever you may go- restaurants, gym and even offered at conferences.

Now which is better, tapped or bottled


Tapped water can be consumed mostly all over South Africa but this also depends on where you live in a rural or urban area.

In 2008, the department of health and environmental affairs rated the quality of tap water according to the Blue Drop certification system and by receiving this certification, tap water is regarded top quality.

Now where as bottled water can be quite expensive. Do you know a litre of bottled water can cost you up to R10, whereas the same amount of tap water costs less than one cent?


Each year millions and millions of bottles water get thrown away. Less than half of this is recycled and the rest, well let’s just say it gets dumped in landfills where they lie for 450 years before the plastic is completely(degraded).

Most water bottles are petroleum-based which can’t be recycled, its harmful to the environment to produce plastic bottles, thus having a negative effect on our environment. Although there has been said to be improvement of this matter , some companies are trying to make bottles that are plant-based which are not harmful to the environment and recyclable too.

Basically bottled water might not be all what you expect it to be, there are pros and cons although the choice is still entirely up to you, tapped or bottled. As said before it all depends on where you live, may it be Italy, France or South Africa in most cases it’s better to consume bottled water then tap. Although if you have the opportunity and the privilege to drink tap water, drink it. It’s safe and also good for you.


SLOW down on that salt…




Hi  foodie lovers, today I am steering more to the salty side of life and thought I should let you in on a little bit more about salt.

Did you know that ideally, your salt intake should be 5g of salt a day. Although as South Africans (including me) at most times consume double this amount.

Do you often ever feel bloated or tired? Dizzy, thirsty and have frequent headaches? Then you might be taking into too much salt. Guilty, guilty, guilty as charged…aren’t we all. Well most of us .

Salt is not only a seasoning used at the side of the dinner table but can also be found in many of your processed foods. Meaning we consume a lot and a lot of salt without even knowing it. So be careful and try to cut down on the salt. You might be putting in more than your bargaining for.

 Here are reasons why too much salt is bad for you:

It can lead to high blood pressure.

Salt allows the body to keep hold of water, so the amount of blood in your veins is more than it should be, putting a lot of pressure on your arteries and causing severe damage. Usually there are no visible symptoms of high blood pressure but in severe cases of high blood pressure there are symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting

It can cause kidney failure, vascular dementia and eye damage.

 Again, the blood pressure when it is dangerously high it damages the veins and arteries in vital organs such as your brain, kidneys and heart.

It can increase cellulite

The body retains water because of the high salt content making you feel bloated. Pressure on the veins and arteries filter through areas where circulation is not at its best, such as your thighs and bottom the areas where cellulite target first and quickly.

 • Too much salt can lead to depression.

Salt is harmful for those who are prone to depression and panic attacks as salt diminishes the body of potassium which is vital for the nervous system, to work at its best.

Try to make healthy choices and cut down on salt. Here are few tips and advice from a dietician (M. Beeth) regarding salt and the use their of:

 • Read food labels carefully.

 • Salt content is classified as low if there is 120mg of sodium in 100g of serving.

• Avoid highly processed products which contain huge amounts of salt. These include canned soups, cheese, processed meats and chips etc.

• Snack on raw vegetables, fruit and unsalted nuts.

 • Use fresh or frozen vegetables in your cooking as tinned products contain salt to preserve the product.

• When cooking, try replacing your salt with herbs and spices,