Gulf Coast Edition
Volume 4, Issue 2 Summer 2007
Help The Truth About Bottled Water
Available Temperatures are rising—summer erally do not create a health issue.
is here! Looking for a way to keep Bottled water is lower in minerals
Newcomers and visitors to cool? Water is still the #1 choice of and salt but in blind taste-tests
Florida often come unpre- drink to keep hydrated. Drinking does not always win against com-
pared for the challenges of eight, 8-ounce glasses a day is es- mon tap water. One thing for sure
living in a tropical and sential for our daily body functions is that it is expensive, averaging
sub-tropical climate with
and survival! $1 per bottle in vending machines
high population density
and many demands on
and up to $5 in fancy restaurants.
Many people believe that bottled
water is cleaner, safer and health- Look closely at the label. In most
The Florida Extension Ser- ier. Water that comes into your cases, bottled “drinking water” is
vice and its team of profes- home from a public water supply just reprocessed tap water.
sional educators can help must be tested regularly and meet
to provide practical, re- Bottled water sales increased 81%
certain state and federal public
search-based information over the past five years, making it
drinking water standards
to help visitors and new-
(chemicals, bacteria, mineral and the 5th best-selling beverage in the
comers quickly learn about
and better adapt to their inorganic compounds). Bottled wa- U.S. It is a 10 billion dollar busi-
new environment. To ter sources are also inspected but ness with over 60 companies in
make your stay safer and can be contaminated just as easily Florida.
more enjoyable, visit or in some step of the process.
call the Extension Service The truth is, if you are buying bot-
in your area. Florida water is very hard and tled water because you think it is
some areas have iron and sulfur better, safer, or healthier, you
(See page two)
which also affect the taste. These have probably been mislead by the
substances leave residue and stains all those expensive ads—the big-
In This Issue on fixtures and appliances but gen- gest difference is just cost!
Help Available 1
The Truth About Bottled
1 Welcome to Florida
Brought to you by your University of Florida IFAS Extension Service
Local Weather Warning 2 Family and Consumer Sciences Team
To Wash or Not to Wash 2
Contact Information 2
“Solutions for Your Life”
Local Weather Warning Radios
June 1—November 30 is hurricane season here your area so that you can prepare and safeguard
in Florida. If you are new to the state, you may your family accordingly.
not be familiar with many aspects of hurricane
preparation. There are two basic types—desktop and port-
able. Desktop models are larger and usually
There are many contingencies you need to pre- run on electricity; portable models are smaller
pare for such as high winds, heavy rain, flooding, and are battery-powered. The portable types
tornadoes, and the resulting power outages that are the most useful during and after a storm
usually accompany such occurrences. since loss of electricity is a strong possibility.
When preparing your disaster kit, the top two Staying apprised of the most up-to-date weather
things on your list should be food and water. developments before, during, and after a major
However, high on your list of hurricane supplies storm can help you better plan, prepare, and
should be a weather warning radio. These handy cope with any disaster.
tools alert you when severe weather threatens
Investing in a weather radio may save your life.
To Wash or Not to Wash Produce?
With recent concerns about bacteria on fresh pro- not say "pre-washed" or "ready-to-eat" should be
duce, many people are wondering what produce washed. Melons of all kinds should be washed
they should wash, and how to do it. before they are cut.
Food safety specialists agree that pre-washed, Produce should be washed only with cool running
ready-to-eat salad does not need to be washed tap water and spun or patted dry. Bleach and
again. Washing it is not likely to remove any detergent do not help, and might cause problems
more bacteria. on food. Be sure to wash your hands, cutting
boards and all utensils that touch fresh produce.
Loose salad greens and other produce that does
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