Distilled Water Nutrition Facts

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Is distilled water healthier than tap water? The subject is highly debated. Some people believe that it is more pure than the tap water that is available in most urban areas. However, others believe that the distillation process actually makes it less healthy than the alternative. Evidence suggests that drinking distilled water is fine for your body, but not necessarily healthier than most other types of drinking water.

Nutrition Facts

The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA for 8 fluid ounces of distilled water.

  • Calories: 0
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

Carbs in Distilled Water

Like most forms of drinking water, distilled water has no calories. There are also no carbohydrates. Of course, if you add ingredients to your water, the nutrition facts will change. Adding fruit to your water will add a very small amount of sugar. Adding other caloric sweeteners or flavorings will also add carbohydrate and calories

Fats in Distilled Water

There is no fat in distilled water.

Protein in Distilled Water

Distilled water provides no protein.

Micronutrients in Distilled Water

Distilled water differs from traditional tap water in that the minerals have been removed through the process known as distillation. Therefore, distilled water provides no vitamins or minerals.

Health Benefits

During distillation, water is heated to the boiling point. The vapor created by the water is captured and cooled. Most of the contaminants in the water are lost during this process.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the distillation process has a very high effectiveness in removing protozoa (such as cryptosporidium or giardia), bacteria (such as campylobacter, salmonella, shigella, E. coli), and viruses (including enteric, hepatitis A, norovirus, and rotavirus).

Distilled water will also remove chemical contaminants, including arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, nitrate, sodium, sulfate, and many organic chemicals, according to the CDC.

However, many essential minerals present in water are also eliminated. According to a published report, these may include calcium, magnesium, iodine, fluorine and lithium although in trace amounts. And there are different types of mineral water—each with its own set of properties. 

If you consume water for the purpose of gaining these minerals, you aren't likely to get them from distilled water.

However, if your immune system is compromised, distilled water may be recommended for you since it is free from harmful organisms. Cryptosporidium (also known as "crypto), for example, can create or exacerbate illness. While other methods do not eliminate crypto from the water supply, distillation kills it. Reverse osmosis also kills the virus, according to the CDC.

Common Questions

To what temperature is water heated during distillation?

During the distillation process, water is heated to 212 degrees Fahrenheit (or 100 degrees celsius). The vapor is then cooled.

Can I make distilled water at home?

Yes, you can buy a countertop distiller to make your own at home or you can buy distilled water at most grocery stores.

Does distilled water remove minerals that my body needs?

Not necessarily. Certain waters contain minerals only in very very small amounts. Most health experts advise that we get our vitamins and minerals from food. In some cases, minerals may be provided through supplementation.

Does distilled water taste different than tap water or other types of bottled water?

No. Distilled water has no taste.

Recipes and Preparation Tips

You can drink distilled water just like you drink other types of water. You can also use it in recipes just like you use tap or bottled water.

But there are other household uses for distilled water. These include:

  • Cleaning pots, pans, and kettles that may have mineral build-up
  • Baby formula
  • Tea and coffee
  • Clean-tasting ice cubes
  • Watering plants
  • Cleaning and filling aquariums
  • Cleaning contact lenses
  • Filling appliances such as humidifiers and irons

Some people on low-sodium diets also prefer distilled water because the sodium in water has been removed

Allergies and Interventions

While there is no reported case of allergy attributed to distilled water, there are rare cases of an allergy to water. The condition is called aquagenic urticaria and according to the National Institutes of Health, it is a rare condition in which hives or itching develops after the skin comes in contact with water. 

However, the NIH reports that since the condition is so rare, there is limited information about effective treatments for the condition.

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