Carbonated water is nothing more than water with the addition of carbon dioxide producing carbonic acid. It produces that fizzy surprise in a glass of water and it is a great alternative for people who don’t prefer still water. Although it is almost as similar to the regular water we drink, there are some popular myths surrounding the drink that could cause some concern within the health community.
Comparison With Carbonated Drinks
Since carbonated water is has similar texture to carbonated drinks like coca cola and pepsi, there are few who believe that the carbonated water has similar properties to those drinks. Due to several research studies suggesting that carbonated drinks, with its high sugar, caffeine and calorie content, is bad for the health, several people associate it with carbonated water as well. With carbonated drinks’ propensity to lower bone mineral density, creation of kidney stones and enamel removal from the teeth, the association with carbonated water has been prevalent.
Dietitians Jennifer Nelson and Katherine Zeratsy from the Mayo Clinic blog, said, “In reality there’s no good evidence that carbonated water causes harm to your bone. The confusion may arise because of research that found a connection between carbonated cola drinks and low bone mineral density.” Although the acidity level in carbonated water is higher than still water, it is still not as similar to the cola drinks.
A study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation noted that although sparkling mineral water has a slightly more erosive effect on teeth, it is still much less than carbonated soda. Although there are very few unhealthy reasons to consume carbonated water, there are a few side-effects to be noted. Ruth Frenchman, a registered dietitian, says, “Some people get gas and burp, especially when they drink it fast.” There are also a few restrictions in including carbonated water during workout sessions as it increases the fullness level of people leading to less water consumption.