Sparkling water also known as carbonated water has been around for a while now. It is considered by health-conscious people as a safe alternative to other carbonated beverages. Interestingly, it is not the first choice for many young people due to its difference in taste from regular soda.
Carbonated water can occur both naturally and artificially. Artificially carbonated water is produced when high pressured Carbon dioxide is injected into water. Other minerals are also added to it as well (we will discuss why later).
Over the years, people have disputed the health benefits of sparkling water and if it is actually good for you. To learn more about this, read on as we discuss all you need to know about sparkling water.
Composition of sparkling water
Both the artificial and naturally occurring sparkling water contains water(obviously), and small amounts of sodium chloride, sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, potassium citrate, potassium sulfate, or disodium phosphate. These compounds are actually present in naturally occurring sparkling water (mineral water).
Depending on the brand and product, these compounds are added in varying quantities. The reason for this is that when water is infused with carbon dioxide gas, it becomes acidic (which obviously is not healthy). As a result, any of the compounds listed above would be added to both mimic the actual taste of mineral water and offset the acidity of the carbon dioxide gas-infused water. This is why you have the fizzy sound and salt-like taste.
Is sparkling water good for you?
This is the question most people ask. Well, the short answer is Yes and… No. Truth be told, there are several benefits of drinking sparkling water as well possible risks you might want to be aware of. Though there have been no concrete findings correlating the consumption of sparkling water with ailments, it is best to be informed of the potential risks. Read on to learn more.
Some benefits of sparkling water
Best alternative to Soda
A 12-ounce coke contains up to 9.3 teaspoons of sugar. This is already more than the 9 teaspoons of sugar recommended daily limit. Most people would drink several bottles or cans of coke in a day, therefore, greatly surpassing the daily limit. Sparkling water gives a similar satisfaction gotten from taking coke with a distinct taste. It is a healthy alternative to taking soda due to the absence of sugar and calories in its contents.
Weight loss management
Studies show that when people stay hydrated, they tend to feel less hungry. This in turn means that they take in fewer calories ergo less weight gain. Drinking sufficient water keeps you satisfied for a longer time. If you don’t like taking water, sparkling water could be the next best alternative for you. You get to have your water with a little bit of fizz in it.
Sparkling water also improves digestion. It is said to also improve one’s swallowing ability. Due to its contents, sparkling water helps relieve indigestion and constipation. This in turn improves bowel movements.
Possible risks in taking sparkling water
At the moment, there is no clear evidence that shows that sparkling water is bad for you. Nevertheless, there are a few things to watch out for.
Given that there are different manufacturers of sparkling water, you cannot expect the products to be the same. Sparkline water with a high amount of sugar could potentially lead to tooth decay in the long term. In this case, it is best to maintain good oral hygiene.
In conclusion, sparkling water or carbonated water is a healthy alternative to high sugar sodas. It keeps you hydrated and full without all the negative side effects of regular soda. But remember that you are better off taking plain water if your sparkling water contains sugar because it negates all the positive effects of sugarless sparkling water.