It seems like, everywhere you look, there’s a tasty new sparkling water (SW) to try. But is it bad for you, or can it be part of your hydration? Let’s dive in and find out!
Sparkling Water: Is It Bad for You
Carbonated water (aka sparkling water, club soda, soda water, seltzer water or fizzy water) is made by combining water and pressurized carbon dioxide (that’s how you get the bubbles).
Some brands add salt, others add minerals, and others add flavors and sweetener. [Sparkling waters are different from the tonic, which contains quinine, and sparkling mineral water, which comes from a natural spring.]
SW is acidic: its creation produces carbolic acid, a weak acid that gives it a pH of 3–4. But don’t worry, it doesn’t make your body more acidic, your kidneys and lungs make sure of that.
The amount of acid in SW is nowhere close to enough to be harmful to your health. Or your teeth. In spite of its acidic content, SW is still about 100 times less damaging to your teeth than soda and other sugary drinks.
So, now that we’ve established that sparkling water isn’t bad for you, we can tackle the next question.
Is sparkling water good for you?
Turns out, SW may benefit your health in several ways:
- Improving your ability to swallow (by not stimulating/irritating nerves in the throat)
- Lessening the compulsion to clear the throat (by not stimulating/irritating nerves in the throat)
- Helping you feel fuller longer (by staying in the first part of your stomach for a longer period than other beverages)
- Lessening of indigestion symptoms (like constipation and stomach pain)
- Improving indicators of heart and bone health
- Increasing good (HDL) cholesterol and decreasing bad (LDL) cholesterol
While all these health benefits need more study, there is no evidence in existing research that says that sparkling water is unhealthy, either in the short or long term.
To ensure you enjoy it in the healthiest way, we suggest buying a sparkling water with no sugar, and only natural flavors. What’s your favorite way to enjoy the sparkling water? [CHECK OUT HOW YOU CAN STAY HEALTHY THIS SUMMER]