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Within minutes of the premiere episode of Jaime Oliver’s new series Food Revolution we saw many causes for concern with the country’s school lunch program. The one that perhaps struck a deep nerve was watching one kid digging into a bowl of sugary cereal drowning in a bowl of chocolate milk. Breakfast, considered the most important meal of the day by many nutritionists, is supposed to fuel our children for a day of learning. I imagine that kid’s attention span is shot before they even get from the cafeteria to the classroom.

Many parents argue their kids will not drink milk or they want variety, so why not offer nature’s natural alternative: water? Sadly, many cafeterias are not equipped with ample drinkable water sources. In a school serving 700 kids, there may be in some cases only be 2 water fountains for them to share. Public fountains also pose a germ concern, especially with young children who may still be prone to touching the mouthpiece with their tongue or lips. The best way to make sure your kids get a healthy drink to wash down their meal is to send them off with a reusable BPA-free bottle of clean, filtered water from home.


Rice. It sounds pretty easy to make reading the package directions. After all, it’s just rice, water and a pinch of salt, right? Well, that all depends on what kind of water you use. Even if you’re local water supply is safe for drinking from the tap, chances are it still has additives in it that can affect the actual taste. Take New York City, for example. It’s often touted as some of the cleanest and safest drinking water—and it is according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

If you live here, though, you’ve undoubtedly noticed times when the water has a chlorinated aroma and flavor. That’s because the water supply is treated with chlorine to protect against contaminants. The Cuisinart CleanWater System filters out 97.5% of chlorine, leaving you with a fresher tasting product. When it comes to dishes that really absorb the flavor of their cooking liquid, like rice, it also means you get the best tasting quality to serve your family.

Sources: [Columbia] [NYC]