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What makes cape karoo natural water better?

Cape Karoo Natural Mineral Water starts with two great benefits – its TDS of 190 and its pH level of 7.2.

What do these two numbers mean?

TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids, and a very low TDS can mean that the water will be insipid and tasteless.

A high TDS, on the other hand, will result in water with a very distinct taste. For example, some mineral waters in Europe have a TDS measured in the thousands; they are found at the sort of places referred to as “spas” where the well-heeled travelled to “take the waters”. Such high levels are very much an acquired taste.

An ideal level

In contrast, the Cape Karoo TDS of 190 is regarded by many as virtually ideal – high enough to provide a great mouth-feel, but not so high as to be unpleasant on the tongue.

The other important number is the pH, an indication of where the water lies in the balance between acid and alkaline.

The pH scale runs from 0 to 14; battery acid is about 1, lye is 13 and 7 is the magic number – the neutral midpoint.

It is a little understood fact that the pH scale is logarithmic, meaning that a solution with pH 6 is 10 times more acidic than a solution with pH7, similarly a solution measuring pH8 would be 10 times more alkaline.

While there is a great deal of debate at present about the virtues of “alkaline” water, with strong opinions on both sides, Cape Karoo offers the great benefit of being virtually neutral – and as such is one of very few mineral waters in South Africa so perfectly balanced on the pH scale.