Retail fruit infused waters contain a lot of additives, preservatives and empty calories that are unhealthy. Making your own infused water will improve the flavor with a number of health benefits. Having your own fruit infused water bottle is like having your own ‘vitamin water’ without the cost or hidden ingredients found in store bought infused waters. Nutritionist estimate that you get an estimated 20% of the vitamin content of freshly squeezed fruits without the extra calories or fructose when it is infused. You will also consume a variety of natural antioxidants when you drink infused water as fruits are rich in antioxidants.
Fruits release their flavor and color faster if left at room temperature. If you are in a hurry you can infuse your water for an hour then place it in the refrigerator. If you do not have the time, fruits can be left to infuse overnight in the refrigerator. Do not drink infused water that has been sitting in room temperature for more than 4-5 hours. It will become a breeding ground for molds and bacteria even if you cannot see it.
When infusing fruits with rind, remove it. Rind will only cause your infused water to taste sour and spoil faster. If you are unable to remove the rind, rinse well with vinegar solution or use a soft fruit and vegetable brush.
Citrus last longer than fleshy fruits in infused water. They are natural preservatives that will keep your water fresh. You can mix citrus fruits with any other fruit of your choice to make it last longer.
If you want to have your infused water on the go, the best choice is to use an infuser water bottle. Infuser water bottles are inexpensive and allow you to add fruit and water to create your own unique mixture without worry about sediments from the fruit getting into your water. Research has shown that the Fruit Infused Water Bottle by Young and More comes highly recommended with its removable infuser cage and built in strainer.
Infused water is easy to make, ensures that people keep hydrated and is the best alternative to drinking plain water.