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I'm aware drinking solely RO/DI water may cause some problems due to lack of any minerals in water. I dislike taste of tap and since I have an ro system on hand would something like letting pieces of fruits/vitamin pills soak in the water replace what ro lacks?
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Don't bother. You get a lot of minerals from your food and other things that you drink (juice, milk or equal...). The hype about drinking RO or distilled water is nonsense.
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R/O is a great source of water! It does however lack minerals. Calcium and magnesium primarily.

If you're concerned about the missing minerals take a quality multi-vitamin or as Diana said get your minerals the best way, through healthy foods.

Water has always been a huge debate in the health food arena. Alkaline, spring water and others all claim to be the fountain of youth. To be honest, it's all hogwash IMO. Drink plenty of water and eat right. Get your minerals and vitamins through the foods you eat. If that ever fails that multi-vitamin is simply insurance. No harm in them regardless of whether we need them or not.
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If you're in NYC, the water from the tap is very pure. The reason why you don't like the taste is probably because there are very few minerals in it to begin with. It's the minerals that make water taste good, which NYC water lacks. 100% pure water is disgusting so drinking RO/DI will also taste bad. Adding Ca and Mg will make water taste much better.

Here's NYC's water quality report for 2013:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/wsstate13.pdf

Ca=5.8ppm
Mg=1.3
Phosphates= 2.13ppm

I guess you save money not having to buy phosphate fertilizers living in NY.
Epsom salt is cheap, $1/pound at Safeway so you can just add a dash to the tap water before drinking it.
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I take it you are talking about water for personal consumption as opposed to using it for fish tanks?

I wouldn't worry much about it. Odds are, anything present in the water is going to be minuscule compared to what's in your food.

If you like the taste of your RO water, then drink that.

I think a lot of the time chlorine is blamed for the unpleasant taste of tap water (I've never really been bothered by it...), which I think was part of the reason brita and other carbon-filtration methods got popular.
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