I used to hate sparkling water but as my taste buds changed so did my affinity for sparkling water and now I can’t get enough of it. But what exactly is sparkling water and are there any health benefits or worse health scares associated with my new found love?
What is sparkling Water?
Sparkling water is water that has been infused with CO2 to give still water a carbonated effect. Sometimes we refer to this as Soda Water, Fizzy water, Club Soda and seltzer water. But ya that’s basically it, it’s water with co2.
All Sparkling Waters are not the same
I quickly found out that not all sparkling water is the same. A lot of brands like bubbly contain salt for taste, and I must say it really does make it taste so good! But because I intermittent fast I always look for brands with nothing added except bubbles and maybe some flavoring. Some even contain sugar which is a big no no so stay away from those. Mineral water has added minerals in it usually natural from a spring spring and can be still or carbonated. Tonic water has contains a bitter compound called quinine, along with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
Sparkling water can help you feel full
I know this one is true because this is exactly what I use it for. I generally drink sparkling water in the morning to help keep away the feeling of hunger for longer until I am done fasting around noon time. This can also help you snack less often and focus on eating full meals instead.
Sparkling water is bad for your teeth
This one has yet to be proven but more or less it’s false. Why did I word it that way? Because there really hasn’t been many studies on sparkling water and its effects, so while some small studies suggest that it isn’t much worse than still water for your teeth there really isn’t enough information out there to make it conclusive. One thing that is for sure is that it is much better for your teeth than soda.
Sparkling Water is acidic
This is true and something that is found in a lot of foods and different things we consume. So is this a problem? No, not really, our bodies are pretty good at expelling excess co2 and keeping our ph balance, so even though we are introducing something that is very acidic and has extra co2 in it to make the carbonation it doesn’t affect our bodies in a negative way.
Something to keep in mind is the amount of waste that generally comes with sparkling water. That’s why i got a soda stream so i can make it at home. not only does it reduce all the plastic bottles and aluminum cans that is used before it also is a lot cheaper and more convenient. It even comes with added flavors