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Is Carbonated Water Bad For You?

Published 6/10/13

What Is Carbonated Water?

There are several different types of these “fizzy” waters.  Many people prefer carbonated water over still (non-carbonated water) because they find still water to be too bland and boring. Seltzer water, sometimes called sparkling water, is basically regular water with carbon dioxide added to it. Club soda is essentially the same thing as seltzer water except that club soda typically has minerals in it. Mineral water is carbonated water from a natural underground source that has naturally dissolved minerals in it. Tonic water contains quinine (bitter flavoring) and sugar, which makes it a great mixer for alcoholic beverages especially with gin. Fun Fact: tonic water was originally used to fight off malaria as well as reduce fevers and inflammation.

Carbonated Water Myths

Carbonated Water leeches calcium from your bones: FALSE.  The most common complaint for years regarding carbonated water (seltzer water, club water, mineral water, tonic water) is that some people believed that the carbonation ends up leeching calcium from your bones, resulting in weaker bones. This conclusion usually stems from research that shows that heavy carbonated soda drinkers also have low bone density. Recent research has not been able to confirm the claim that carbonated water pulls calcium from your bones and many current health professionals believe that there is no difference between carbonated water, tap water, or still water when it comes to leeching calcium from your bones.

Carbonated Water erodes your teeth. Soda beverages can have devastating effects on the enamel of your teeth. Since carbonated water has carbonation, as a result of carbon dioxide, in common with soda, it’s safe to assume that carbonated water also erodes your enamel, right? Well, not so fast. The reason soda is so bad for your teeth is a result of the soda flavoring, not the carbonation. It is highly recommended to stay away from soda in order to take care of your teeth but there is not research that shows a damaging effect on your teeth as a result of drinking water, whether it be carbonated water or still water.

Benefits of Carbonated Water

Carbonated Water helps relieve upset stomachs and indigestion. The fizziness characteristic of carbonated water makes more people burp, and in turn relieves the feeling of pressure in your stomach, constipation, and other symptoms of indigestion.

Carbonated Water can reduce your appetite. Drinking water in general can help reduce your appetite because it gives you a full feeling, and this is even more so with carbonated water. When drinking carbonated water during mealtime, it will limit the amount of food you consume which can be very beneficial if it helps you to not overeat.  

Carbonated Water can provide your body with necessary nutrients. Depending on the source of the carbonated water, it can provide your body with much needed nutrients such as calcium and other minerals. It is true that these same nutrients can be found in tap water, but carbonated water is much cleaner as it has been truly filtered to remove all potential toxins and contaminants.

Be Aware

Carbonated Water can have high levels of sodium. Popular carbonated water brands such as San Pelegrino (mineral water) and Perreir (mineral water) both have extremely high levels of sodium. If you are trying to stay away from sodium, check out seltzer water as it still has the same fun fizz as carbonated water but has no sodium.

Carbonated Water is bad for IBS. If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it is highly recommended to stay away from carbonated water. The fizziness can trigger IBS and there really is not enough benefit coming from carbonated water compared to still water to make it worth the suffering. 

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