Carbonated Water ... Do You Drink It?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-02-04 14:19:21 -0600
Started 2011-02-04 06:12:52 -0600

Does anyone here drink carbonated (soda) water?

Soda Water is a excellent, refreshing drink for diabetics, because it is totally free of carbohydrates and sugars.

Soda water, also referred to as sparkling water, and is plain water with carbon dioxide gas added. It is the most dominant ingredient of most “soft drinks.”. Carbonation produces carbonic acid, which produces soda pop.

Many people enjoy a simple home chemistry: using a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charged” with carbon dioxide to produce soda water, also known as club soda. Club soda is often the same as plain carbonated water; sometimes, however, there may possibly be a small amount of table salts and/or sodium trace minerals. Such additives could possibly make the taste of home made soda water a bit salty. In some areas the process occurs very naturally and issues in carbonated mineral water.

It’s possible that, in some cases, a little dental decay might be related to sparkling mineral water. Potential dental problems with sparkling water are greater than normal water, but only slightly so. Sparkling water does not cause nearly as much tooth decay as regular soft drinks. The rate is so low it suggests that carbonation of drinks may not be a factor in causing dental decay.

Artesian wells can be the source for waters that filter among layers of minerals in the ground; the layers contain forms of carbonates, and the waters absorb the carbon dioxide gases released by those carbonates. This kind of water is known as natural sparkling water. Sparkling mineral water results in cases where the filtered water picks up enough different minerals to add a flavor.

Basically, water + carbon dioxide = soda water. Sparkling mineral water is one of the naturally-occuring forms of carbonation. In 1794, a jeweler made a device to produce an artificial carbonated mineral water.

A taste test of several popular carbonated drinks determined that Perrier (a sparkling natural mineral water) had the longest-lasting fizz.

Consumers feeling seltzer to be a bit harsh will find club soda to have a more gentle fizz. As part of the taste test, club soda seemed to be milder, and a little sweeter tasting, than standard carbonated water.

Because club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer, and carbonated water do not have any calories, this makes them a dieter’s choice over soda pop and tonic water.

A type of carbonated drink that contains water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine is called tonic water. Originally, quinine was added to tonic water for a medicinal purpose — to help cure or prevent malaria. Today it is often used in combination with gin and lemon or lime to make an alcoholic drink.

These are but a few of the interesting facts about soda water.


5 replies

CaliKo 2011-02-04 13:41:34 -0600 Report

Sometimes at parties I'll have a perrier with lime as an alternative to a drink (usually after my one or two wine glass limit). But most of the time I drink water, tea or coffee.

ston3xc 2011-02-04 13:18:05 -0600 Report

I love sparkling water! I knew it did'nt have any "bad" ingrediants and now I have validation in drinking it! Thanks!

granniesophie 2011-02-04 09:33:30 -0600 Report

they make diet tonic water too, no carbs-same taste and good with a squeeze of lemon or lime.
also, I learned from a bartender that a good way to settle your stomach, especially if motion sick (pick me!) is to put a teaspoonful of Angostura bitters in a glass of tonic and a little lime for taste (otherwise its pretty nasty) and sip on it. works like gangbusters to settle the stomach down. may be carbs in the bitters tho, need to find out.

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