If you've swapped out your daily soda for sparkling water, or like to drink the bubbly stuff because plain H2O can be boring, I bet you're wondering how healthy it is. Fizzy water is not only refreshing, but it also hydrates your body as well as regular ol' water.
You may have heard that the carbon dioxide added to water to make it bubbly can be acidic, and can cause erosion to your tooth enamel. Don't worry because the damage is minimal, and one would have to drink massive amounts of sparkling water in order to wear away enamel faster than it's renewed. Sodas, on the other hand, contain phosphoric acid, which definitely rots your teeth.
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You may have also heard that carbonated water can leach calcium out of your bones and lead to osteoporosis, but no studies have been found to back this up. Actually, drinking sparkling water may even keep calcium locked in your bones.
One thing you need to watch out for is flavored sparkling waters. Some varieties are enhanced with natural fruit juices, but others contain sugar or artificial sweeteners, so be a label reader to avoid unnecessary calories. Some fizzy mineral water or club soda can also contain high amounts of sodium, which can contribute to high blood pressure. Another downside to opting for the bubbly is that some people may experience bloating or gas from drinking it.
Which do you drink more often, sparkling or regular water?