Vichy Catalàn Sparkling Spanish Mineral Water
The word Vichy originated in France as a designation of the highest level of world class mineral water.
Vichy Catalàn is one of the world’s most flavorful mineral waters. Its incredibly high mineral content comes in at 3,000 parts per million of totally dissolved solids, known as TDS. (In comparison, Perrier contains less than one-sixth of that, at 475 ppm TDS, and San Pellegrino about one-third at about 1,100 ppm).
Starting from an aquifer (an underground layer of rock in which water collects) called Puig de les Animes, where the water lives at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, Vichy Catalan passes through natural springs in Caldes de Malavella. A doctor, Modest Furesty Roca, purchased the springs in 1881 and opened a plant to bottle the waters in 1890.
The health-giving properties of Vichy Catalán water have come under study over its entire history. Recent investigations have shown that Vichy Catalán water has positive effects on the body in a way that was unknown up to now. In 2004, the prestigious American magazine "The Journal of Nutrition" published the study conducted by Dr. Pilar Vaquero of the Nutrition and Food Science Institute of the Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Higher Council of Scientific Research) (CSIC) on the cardiovascular effects of Vichy Catalán water. The CSIC made public the results of a second study confirming that Vichy Catalán helps to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
Vichy Catalàn has a very distinctive taste. It is a natural sparkling mineral water which has carbonic gas added to its natural state. Connoisseurs agree that Vichy Catalan tastes best cold, as the palate seems to enjoy the sparkling character that contains plenty of sodium – approximately 1 gram per liter – and bicarbonates of more than 2 grams per liter.
Chlorides are also strong at 584 milligrams per liter; Potassium is 51 milligrams per liter; Silica is high at 77 mg/l; Sulphate level is 47 mg/l; and there are interesting trace elements, including 1.3 mg/l of Lithium. Nitrates are nil.