Definition of Vapor Distilled Water

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Although we know water as having the chemical composition H2O, in reality the water we drink and swim in has a much more complex chemical composition. With plenty of particulates and molecules found in water sources we encounter everyday, pure H2O is quite scarce. Vapor distilled water is created in a lab that filters out all the excess material and is much purer than the water typically found in nature.

Identification

Vapor distilled water is a type of purified water that is created using a specialized heating process. It is freed of extra molecules and particulates, and is one of the "cleanest" forms of water that can be created in a lab. Vapor-distilled water does not occur naturally.

How It Is Created

Vapor distilled water is created water is then converted to steam by a heating element. The steam is then compressed, which heats it up further to a "superheated" status. The superheated steam then travels back down into the chamber where it was originally boiled, and condenses on the now-cooled surface.

Uses

Vapor distilled water is most commonly used in two settings: scientific and culinary. In the scientific realm, vapor distilled water is often made in the lab and used for experiments where water composition was be made constant. Similarly, vapor distilled water is used in drink and food recipes where slight imperfections in the water's composition would alter the flavor of the recipe.

Benefits

There are several benefits to vapor distilled water, particularity in the realm of science. By using vapor distilled water in an experiment, a scientist can be sure that there were no particulates interfering with his results. Vapor distilled water is also a very popular ingredient in flavored beverages since it is completely free of extra molecules, which could contribute to texture or taste.

Misconceptions

Because vapor distilled water is an ingredient in many beverage products, including Vitamin Water, it is easy to think that it is somehow more healthful than regular water. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Regular tap water has plenty of helpful particulates, including fluoride, that cannot be found in vapor distilled water.

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