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One of the most important factors in the health of any person is their diet, and diet includes water. Despite the fact that you ought to be drinking clean drinking water the majority of Americans aren’t.

Clean drinking water is essential for good health. Right now you may be reading about the Cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe. Cholera and many other diseases can be spread by contaminated drinking water, and it’s essential that we drink the purest water to protect our health.

Just because there is no Cholera in the US doesn’t mean we have clean water. There is a multitude of contaminants in our drinking water, and although they won’t kill us as fast as Cholera, they can still, over time, add up to impact seriously on our health.

Consider this. I’m sure you know how serious it is to get lead into our bodies. None other than the EPA has stated that lead in drinking water is the number one environmental health threat to our childrens health. Low levels of lead can cause serious problems for children including learning difficulties and behavioral problems and more.

That’s lead. In our drinking water. How could there possibly be lead in our water when we’re supposed to have world leading clean water supplies?

Lead contaminating our water is an ongoing problem. Lead comes from many sources, but the most common sources are from our pipes. It is estimated that around 98% of households have lead in their pipes. That comes from lead lined pipes or soldered joints in our pipes which contain lead. Most lead in our drinking water actually enters our water somewhere in the house.

The EPA recognises that there is no safe level of lead in our water, that any exposure to lead is dangerous, especially to children.

And lead is just the start of the contaminants that we find in our drinking water that means that clean drinking water is just a dream.

So what do you do to make sure that you and your family have clean water to drink? How do you get the purest drinking water possible? Should you buy bottled water, for instance?

The FDA says that “Companies that market bottled water as being safer than tap water are defrauding the American public.” That’s because there is simply no government regulation requiring bottled water to be safer than tap water. And studies have even shown that some bottled water is just tap water. And you pay more for bottled water, for the same quantity, than you do for gas.

And bottled water is an environmental disaster, with countless plastic bottles manufactured to go into landfill.

So if bottled water isn’t the answer to clean drinking water what do you do if the thought of drinking lead and countless other contaminants repulses you? You find a good water filter to use. A water filter is much cheaper and more environmentally friendly than bottled water and produces water to extremely high standards of cleanliness. A high quality water filter will filter the lead out, along with the other contaminants, including chlorine, that you find in your tap water.

How can you be sure? Because the best drinking water filters are tested to rigorous standards by independent bodies that make sure that the results that are claimed are actually achieved. If you look at the data for the best water filters you can see every contaminant listed, and before filtering and after filtering levels stated. The best drinking water filters are achieving filtering levels above 97% for just about all serious contaminants, including some you’ve probably never heard of.

For example did you know that there can be bromochloroacentontrile in your tap water? What is it? How dangerous is it? Well it really doesn’t matter because if you use the best drinking water filter available you know that 97% of it is removed.

So if you’re beginning to get worried about contaminants in your drinking water like lead, you have good reason. You have a right to clean drinking water, but you won’t get it from the faucet. To get seriously clean drinking water you need to use the best drinking water filter possible.

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The beverage is carbonated so it is best if it is canned. I’m thinking to contact a production company, but I don’t know where to start. I would like to distribute my beverage eventually, but if someone can point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it. I have tried google, but I couldn’t find much. Thanks.
Thanks for the info about bottles. Will the bottled process keep the carbonation in though? For example, say I mixed coca cola with another beverage and then bottled it. Would it keep? Thanks.

A blended whisky is made when different kinds of whisky are mixed together, typically mixing a 100% malt whisky, with another derivative, which will often be created using different grains and other ingredients to the purer malt. It is not unusual to have anywhere from 15 to 40 different single malt whiskies and grain whiskies in a blended whisky.

Because of blending, it is possible to take several inferior tasting whiskies and come up with a unique whisky blend that is better tasting than any of the individual whisky types it contains. Distilleries can take years acquiring the art of a blended whisky which contains malt and grain whiskies that complement each other and have a unique and palatable taste.

Blending is an art which may involve experimentation to achieve the best flavouring. Blending in no way dilutes the whisky, in fact additional flavour can be achieved through the aging time and type of wood used for the aging cask. It’s important to note that in Scotland, whisky must be aged at least 3 years before it can be classified as whisky. It’s not unusual for some whisky to be aged for more than 20 years, which adds to the flavour, much the same principle as wine.

A single malt whisky is considered the best by purist whisky drinkers and a blend is considered inferior, since blended whisky uses other ingredients which act as fillers for flavouring. Grain alcohol is an ingredient on any bottles that are “blended whisky”, as opposed to “blended Malt whisky” or vatted malt, which means that it is a blend of only malt whisky, in different formulations. Typically, blends may have 65 to 85% grain whisky and 15 to 35% malt whisky.

It’s not unusual to have blended whisky that has a sweet taste of honey, a smoked flavour, a fruity flavour or something else entirely. Many whisky drinkers actually prefer blended whisky because they are sometimes smoother and have better flavours. Blenders also may mix caramel in for colour uniformity.

In blending, the grain whiskies are neutral and the single malt whiskies are what might bring the flavour. Certain malt whisky, such as Island or Islay malts have a spicy rich flavour, while Speyside malts may have a smoky, fruit, apple or sherry character.

Once a successful blend of whisky has been achieved, the blender has to determine demand in the future and has to decide when the different single malt whiskies will be ready to use in a blend versus grain whiskies. In other words, flavour enhancement can come in varying ages, where some might peak at 5 years and others might take 10 or 12 years.

Once they have reached maturity, they will be mixed in a blending vat and returned to the aging cask for the flavours to mingle for months, in order to improve flavor; although there are some distilleries that bring them together in the bottling stage. The process of combining malt whisky with other malt or grain whisky is known as vatting, which is why you may hear blended whisky also referred to as vatted whisky.

Blended whisky is a certain recipe of different whiskies that have a distinct taste, and most whisky drinkers tend to stick with certain blends, once they have found the one they prefer most.

Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for a number of UK businesses. For a large range of wines, spirits, liqueurs and whisky he recommends Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants & Importers, a leading provider of some of the finest Whisky from around the World.

We’ve got bottles of wine, but we need to think of a good cocktail to make for our themed part (A Mid Summer Nights Dream.)


this is a compilation of auditions castings from the uk, i think from a couple of years ago for some kind of soft drink. i think one of the guys is from the bill. must have been before he got famous. very funny

My husband was recently given a bottle of Ambassador 25yr Scotch Whisky, 4/5 qt. size. We know it was imported between 1945 and 1950, thanks to tax stamps, but nothing beyond that, so a more exact date would be great if possible. I can send photos. The bottle itself is still sealed with a lead seal from Bloch Brothers (Distillers) Ltd. – the seal reads “Bloch’s Whisky” – and the IRS distilled spirits import tax stamp (Series III, which dates it to 1945-) is still intact. There is also a Texas State Tax stamp on it that sold for 25.6 cents (dates it between 1945 and 1950). I know the whisky itself is worth little, because whisky doesn’t age after it is bottled, but my question is: is the bottle itself worth anything? We also have the original box that it came in. On the side of the box is a slogan that says “Yes, every drop is 25 years old.”

Thank you for any and all help!

Working at an ice cream place can be cold and freezing to the hands. Working at a very hot beverage place like Starbucks where they serve coffee can burn your hands if you don’t be careful. Where would you prefer working at? Thanks.

Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood – Summer Wine (1967)

Although soft drinks are often the culprit for a series of health issues, they are, admittedly, vital vehicles of a balanced diet. After intensive work out, soft drinks are quicker absorbed than water providing to human body hydration and energy, while replenishing all the key vitamins and minerals that the body loses during exercising. Soft drinks typically complement fast food meals or pre-packaged foods, but the can also complement a healthy diet and be real catalysts to health and fitness. Besides, their balanced taste of sweet and acid, matched with their variety of pleasant flavors makes soft drinks appealing to all ages of consumers.

Being well aware of the effect that soft drinks have on consumers and the direct effect of advertising on them, soft drinks corporations and large beverage companies target from elementary school children to elder individuals aiming to meet their tastes and increase their profitability. From their point of view, soft drink corporations have a ‘competitive advantage’ over consumers in terms of being aware of the nutritional significance of soft drinks. Although they often exaggerate in the context of promoting their products and achieve highly profitable operations, still they have a point when they stress the nutritional value of soft drinks.

Without aiming to eliminate the negative effects of the soft drink consumption on our health, we have to be able to recognize any of the following positive effects that are derived from three major areas:

Energy: the formula of soft drinks is made in such a way to deliver a quickly assimilated energy that boosts the body. Soft drinks derive nearly 100 percent of their food energy from the high amount of fructose corn syrup they contain. In fact, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly misunderstood sweetener. There is no doubt that as a sweetener it is harmful if over-consumed. Particularly, as one of the main ingredients of soft drinks along with carbonated water and caffeine, high fructose corn syrup can be really harmful to human health. However, HFCS is quickly metabolized, almost as quick as regular sugar and therefore, it doesn’t have any greater impact on human metabolism, feeling of hunger, blood glucose levels or the energy intake than sugar. Besides, soft drinks contain high amounts of carbohydrates and are easily digested, while keeping the body’s energy in high levels. Carbohydrates maximize the body’s performance by fueling the muscles and ensuring their proper functioning.

Hydration: soft drinks replenish the fluids lost through sweating while working out. All those vitamins and nutrients that are lost through sweat cause the body to be dehydrated. However, our body needs these fluids in order to control its temperature and transport oxygen as well as other vital nutrients to its cells. Given that we lose water even without exercising, through breathing and through urine, it becomes evident how important it is to replenish all the fluids we lose after intense exercising. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (IOM), adults should consume 11 to 16 cups of total fluids per day, while the requirements for children range between 9 to 14 cups per day. Soft drinks can replenish these fluids that are vital for the proper functioning of the human body.

Low calorie intake: some soft drinks are formulated to low calorie intake coupled with key vitamins, minerals, proteins and fiber.

Overall, soft drinks are not considered human health’s best friends, but admittedly, they have some nutritional value provided they are consumed moderately and within certain limits. The overconsumption that occurred between 1988 and 2004 when Americans consumed two 12-ounce cans of soda per day was an extreme phenomenon that resulted in obesity becoming a national epidemic in the United States, among other severe health conditions. However, this should not undermine the nutritional significance of soft drinks, which can be exploited with moderate consumption and a balanced diet.

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