French Chic & Slim
|| 7 August 2016
Topo Chico Mineral Water
Topo Chico is a sparkling mineral water bottled in Monterrey, Mexico. It’s popular in Texas. But I only learned of it in a recent article in The New York Times titled How Do Texans Beat the Heat? With Water From Mexico.
I love mineral water and am always on the lookout for one I have not yet tried. But I have never tried Topo Chico. I have seen it in the Hispanic food sections of my supermarkets. But I did not look at the bottles very closely and mistook Topo Chico for a carbonated soft drink — albeit one without coloring. Now it’s on my shopping list, you can be sure.
The French taught me to love mineral water. In France you can buy a large variety of true mineral waters. I have written previously how annoyed I am at Americans who do not understand the difference between “bottled water” and “mineral water.” Most of the bottled water consumed in the USA is just bottled tap water. (And people would be saving themselves a LOT of money to just buy a home water filter and filter their own tap water, as I do.)
True mineral water sold bottled such as Perrier, Acqua Panna, Crystal Geyser, or Sanfaustino contain healthy minerals, among them magnesium, calcium, potassium and manganese. Different mineral waters from different sources contain different quantities of minerals, and you are advised to check labels and independent testing to get the accurate analysis. Some are especially good for the skin, others for aiding digestion, others for specific ailments.
Taste too is important in mineral water. Some very healthy ones smell and taste terrible. The NY Times article quotes Houston award-winning chef Justin Yu who thinks Topo Chico compares favorably with the sparkling mineral waters he has drunk in Europe.
Chic French women drink chilled mineral water instead of carbonated soft drinks, I observed when I began my study of how these women stay slim. Replacing colas with sparkling mineral water was one of the first important steps I took in losing my 55 pounds of excess weight.
Mineral water is a healthy way to quench the thirst brought on by summer heat. A squeeze of lemon or lime makes it even more refreshing. And we need refreshing these scorching summer days in Provence-sur-la-Prairie. 103 degrees F. as I write this.
be chic, stay slim and stay cool — Anne Barone
Image : Bottle Topo Chico mineral water