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Water is essential in everyday life, but do we really know how long we can keep an opened bottle of water in the refrigerator or at room temperature without risking compromising its quality and our health? We are going to look at the good habits to adopt to keep water in the best conditions, whether it is bottled or from the tap, plastic or glass.
An unopened water bottle, whether plastic or glass, can usually be stored almost indefinitely, as long as it is stored in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. Generally, the shelf life for unopened water bottles is approximately two years, but it can vary depending on the brand and quality of the water. On the other hand, once you open the bottle, things change.
Once you have opened a bottle of water, it is recommended to consume it within Next 3 to 5 days. This period is considered the optimal amount of time to maintain water quality, especially if stored in a refrigerator. Beyond this period, the water may begin to develop an unpleasant taste due to exposure to air and other potential contaminants. However, it is important to note that food safety is generally not an issue when consuming water, even if it has been open for longer. The main issue is the quality and taste of the water. If you notice a noticeable change in the taste or appearance of the water, it is best to discard it and open a new bottle.
It is not recommended to drink directly from the neck of the bottle. Drinking from the bottle can cause bacteria in your mouth to contaminate the water, which can also contaminate the bottle itself.
In the case of water used to prepare bottles for infants, it is not recommended to use an already opened bottle.
The refrigerator is the perfect place to store an open bottle of water. HAS low temperature, the growth of bacteria and mold is slowed, which extends the shelf life of water. However, it is essential to close the bottle tightly to prevent the entry of impurities. At room temperature, water spoils more quickly due to heat and exposure to air, so it’s best to keep it cool if you don’t plan to consume it quickly.
Drinking water that has been open for a few days generally does not pose a serious health risk, and it should not cause stomach upset or other serious gastrointestinal problems. Water itself does not deteriorate significantly within a few days unless it is exposed to extreme conditions like heat or external contamination.
Water in plastic bottles may be more susceptible to taste alterations due to the release of chemical compounds from the plastic, particularly if exposed to heat. Glass bottles, on the other hand, are less likely to alter the taste of the water. However, they are heavier and more fragile, which can make them less practical for everyday use.