Posted on: 10/01/19 Posted by: Sidrah Ahmad
Blighted by criticism, it is fair to say this fizz has been somewhat mistreated. What we should view as a carbonated companion we have somehow recast as a fizzy foe, while rumours continue to circulate that only increase the negativity towards such an innocent drink.
Why is it that we question the credentials of sparkling water? Most importantly, how can we educate people that this is water? In fact, this is more than water. The paradox is that fizzy water boasts an array of benefits many of us fail to recognise.
Sparkling water is also known as a carbonated water. The fizz comes from dissolving carbon dioxide in the water in a pressurized environment, creating bubbles. Nothing else is added, and nothing taken away – leaving a pleasant tingle for those who enjoy their drinks with extra sparkle. Sparkling water is otherwise known as spring water, seltzer water, soda water, fizzy water, even carbonated mineral water. You can add syrups or natural ingredients to make natural sodas, sparkling ice tea, cocktails, and flavoured sparkling water.
There is minimal science to back up the myths we hear too often.
This is the most common myth, but one that lacks evidence. Fizzy water hydrates just as efficiently as its still friend.
A second concern relates to fizzy water reducing the amount of calcium in our bones. This is only relevant to other carbonated drinks as studies suggest beverages such as sugary soft drinks result in calcium depletion, mainly when consumed on a regular basis. When it comes to sparkling water, however, the jury isn’t out; they outright disagree.
There are rumors that carbonized water increases the likelihood of kidney stones, yet the fact is there is no evidence to support the claim. While colas can have a negative effect, carbonated mineral water is likelier to mitigate the risk of kidney disease through its hydrating powers.
Sparkling water has no added sugar (be sure to check the same applies to any soda water, as brands may include other ingredients) and it is negligibly acidic. As such, it neither destroys enamel, nor increases rot. In short, it has no adverse effect on teeth as far as science can prove.
Many of us are familiar with the advice that we should drink upwards of eight glasses of fluid per day, and sparkling water counts towards those requirements. Moreover, if you have an unhealthy liking for carbonated colas, fizzy water is the perfect alternative to kick the habit.
Fizzy water is also regarded as a remedy for those who suffer from constipation. There are myriad reasons that can disrupt one’s routine, but lack of fluid sits toward the top of the list. Replacing colas with sparkling water is a sure-fire way to rediscover your rhythm with some studies even showing it is more effective than tap water alone.
Finally, when the option is on the table, be sure to opt for sparkling mineral water. Not only will it quench your thirst, but you’ll also replenish your body with a variety of naturally occurring electrolytes. These are vital for healthy day-to-day function and will leave you feeling alert as well as refreshed. Contrary to belief, there are reasons to add some sparkle to your life, so the next time a friend mentions the negative effects of the fizz, feel free to gently nudge them in the right direction.