Is Drinking Sparkling Water Bad For You?

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This would be the most frequent questions asked by people around the world. Is the bubbly beverage just as good for your body as the plain water?

Basically, YES! “Sparkling water can be just as hydrating as regular water,” according to Jennifer McDaniel, a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics.

Carbonated water seems like a great alternative for people who don’t like the taste of water, but want to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Sparkling water is made by dissolving carbon dioxide in water, creating carbonic acid. This process just adds bubbles — it does not add sugar, calories, or caffeine. Tonic water, club soda, and mineral water are all types of sparkling water, but these have added sodium, vitamins, or sweeteners, so it’s important to read the label.

There are some common health concerns associated with drinking sparkling water — for instance, that it leaches calcium from the bones, causes kidney stones, and strips the enamel from your teeth — but these are not supported by clinical research. The confusion may arise because of research that found a connection between carbonated cola drinks and low bone mineral density.

While artificially carbonated water is slightly more acidic than still water, it’s not as acidic as sugary sodas, and does not seem to significantly damage tooth enamel. A 2001 study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation that compared the effect of sparkling mineral waters with still waters on human teeth, noted that the “carbonation of drinks may not be an important factor per se in respect of erosive potential.”

 

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