In a bid to kick the habit of drinking sugary carbonated drinks, many have turned to sparkling water as a healthy alternative. Sparkling mineral water is basically water collected from a spring, which contains naturally occurring minerals. Carbon dioxide is then pumped through the mineral water to create the fizzy, bubbling effect.
While it’s yet to trump the sales of soft drinks, its growing popularity has sparked a lot of talk. Some true, some false, but whom do we really believe?
- Sparkling water does NOT induce bone problems
Bone mineral density depletion has been shown to affect those who consume cola-flavored soft drinks several times a week. However, it’s thought the high levels of caffeine and phosphoric acid in these drinks are the reason behind the health risk. Luckily for sparkling water advocates, it contains neither of these.
Sparkling water has actually been proven to benefit our body’s calcium retention. Mineral-rich carbonated drinks balances acidity in the body, which consequently allows the bones to retain calcium.
So for now, we can sit back, relax and enjoy a sparkling mineral water without watching our bones turn to dust.
…but what about our teeth?
Studies are mostly inconclusive, however it’s believed sparkling water has no dramatic effect on tooth decay. However, flavored sparkling water is proven to have the same effects on teeth as juice. Meaning it’s best to stick with the refreshing, unflavored stuff! In comparison to sugary carbonated drinks, it’s basically mouthwash. Well, not quite.
- It CAN cause stomach ulcers
While our bones might be strong, unfortunately our stomachs could be at risk from consuming too much sparkling mineral water. The fizzing and bubbling of sparkling water doesn’t end once it leaves the bottle. This reaction caused by carbon dioxide continues inside our stomachs, which can cause a build-up of air. If too much sparkling water is consumed, uncomfortable conditions such as abdominal distension and bloating can occur. In the worst-case scenarios, the stomach can produce too much acid and a peptic ulcer can form on the lining of the stomach.
Although this is a very rare occurrence, it pays to monitor just how much sparkling water you’re drinking. Everything in moderation!
- And finally – Is it as healthy as normal water?
Yes and no! While nothing can really replace the life source that is water, sparkling mineral water is considered to be equally as hydrating as regular water. However, given the effects of excessive carbon dioxide in the stomach, it’s best to stick with the real stuff for the most part! As for it being a healthy alternative for sugary carbonated drinks- absolutely!
There you have it, the myths debunked. Next time you take a swig of your favorite sparkling mineral water, enjoy it!