- .Carbonated water is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure.
- While it can cause gas, bloating, and may affect dental health, there are also benefits to drinking sparkling water.
- It is hydrating, can relieve constipation, health with weight management, and may even improve heart health.
- There are many options to choose from, but the safest and best choice is plain carbonated water with no added sugars or caffeine.
Carbonated water has become increasingly popular as of lately with several new and already existing brands jumping on the bandwagon to create their own sweet and flavorful product. Many people, myself included, use sparkling water as a healthy alternative to sugary sodas. You still get to enjoy that satisfying fizz but with a lot less sugar and aspartame.
However, there has been some chatter about whether or not carbonated water is actually a healthier alternative or even healthy at all? Have we all swapped on bad habit for another? What is it made of and how does it affect our health (if at all)? We’re answering all these questions and more in this article on the pros and cons of carbonated water…
What is Carbonated Water?
Like the name suggests, it is water, but it has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure, explains Healthline. The end result is that amazing bubbly, fizzy beverage that we have all grown to love. “Apart from seltzer water, carbonated waters usually have salt added to improve their taste. Sometimes small amounts of other minerals are included,” writes the source.
There are more natural options like sparkling mineral waters (i.e. Perrier and San Pellegrino) which are different. These are products of a mineral spring and contain natural minerals and sulfur compounds, but are also carbonated.