Now that clear coffee is a thing, of course the next logical step is black water. Duh. Black water (or rather, blk. water) has actually been around for a few years now, and was even in an Emmy gift bag one time, but what on earth is this thing and why is it black? We’re here to answer all your blk. water questions and let you know if you should be stocking your fridge with this stuff.
What does it taste like?
Water. According to the good people over at Buzzfeed, the difference between regular and black water is almost indiscernible. Two out of three in a blind test picked correctly when tasting the two, but we’re not sure if that was an actual difference or just good luck.
What makes it different from clear water?
According to the company’s website, blk. water is infused with fulvic acid, which is also what gives it that distinct colour. Fulvic acid is an organic compound that’s found in plants and soil. Blk. water also claims to include electrolytes, over 60 trace minerals and alkaline (which helps balance pH by neutralizing acidity in the body).
Is it actually good for you?
Short answer: not any better than regular ol’ water. According to dietitian, Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, blk. water is more of a hipster, minimalist gimmick than an actual ‘superwater’ (blk’s words, not ours).
Turns out, while fulvic acid is natural (a word that we automatically associate with ‘good for you’), humans don’t actually need it. So you aren’t any better off having your water infused with it. Also, all the nutrients the water claims to have you can easily get from vegetables in your diet with the added bonus of fiber.
So while that bottle may look super trendy and Instagrammable, we’ll be sticking with the clear free stuff that comes out of the tap, thank you very much.