Carbonated water; is it really healthy for you or is it marketing schtick?
Carbonated Water, What Is It?
Carbonated water (also known as club soda, soda water, sparkling water) is water into which carbon dioxide gas under pressure has been dissolved. Some contain additives, such as sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate or similar. But seltzer water is composed of water and carbon dioxide with no other additives. This process, known as carbonation, causes water to become effervescent.
Carbonated Water and Tooth Decay
Carbonated water with no added citric acid or sugar does not cause tooth decay. On the other hand, flavored sodas do cause tooth decay as their sugars and acids erode the tooth enamel, as reported in a 2009 study.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
While it won’t cause IBS, drinking CW may lead to bloating and gas if you’re sensitive to carbonated beverages. If you do experience discomfort after drinking CW, it’s best to eliminate it from your diet.
Most carbonated waters are a mixture of water and carbon dioxide. On the other hand, some bottled add sodium, natural and artificial acids, flavors, sweeteners, and other additives. As such, they can lead to cavities and weight gain. Read the labels carefully.
All of these could contain hidden calories and extra sodium. Also, these additives can lead to cavities and weight gain over time, studies show, so read labels carefully.
Stay healthy by reading the labels. Carbonated water consisting of just water and carbon dioxide is healthy. Look out for additives like sodium and sugar to avoid negative consequences for your teeth and body. Be aware of these differences between products:
- Club soda contains sodium, but seltzer water doesn’t.
- Tonic water contains added sweeteners and flavors.
- Flavored sparkling water may have added citric acid or natural sweeteners, along with caffeine and sodium.
And remember, if you want to flavor your water, then just add nutritious combinations of citrus fruits, herbs, or cucumbers.