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Is Carbonated Water Healthy For You?

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At this point, most of us are aware of the negative health impacts of drinking sugar-laden beverages. But what about other carbonated beverages, such as seltzer water, sparkling water and tonic water?

While some people claim that carbonation itself can cause problems ranging from tooth decay to weight gain, studies suggest otherwise. Let’s take a look.

A Carbonated Water Q&A

  • Does carbonation cause calcium loss in bones?
    No. While researchers in a 2006 study found that phosphorus-containing (and therefore calcium-depleting) cola beverages were associated with low bone mineral density in women, other carbonated beverages did not have the same effect.
  • Does carbonation cause tooth decay?
    Again, no. A 2012 study confirmed that the concentration of carbon dioxide dissolved in water doesn’t harm the enamel of the teeth; however, carbonated water that contains citric acid or sugar does cause a reduction in enamel, according to a 2009 study.
  • Does carbonated water cause IBS?
    A qualified no. While drinking carbonated water will not cause IBS, it may lead to bloating and gas, which can exacerbate IBS symptoms in some people.
  • Can carbonated water make you gain weight?
    Possibly, though indirectly. While carbonated water is a far better choice than sugary beverages like soda, juice, or sweet tea, a 2018 study suggested that drinking carbonated water increased a hunger hormone called gherelin in male rats. Further study is needed in this area.

The bottom line

Always read the ingredient list on your beverages and keep a look out for additives like sodium and sugar to avoid negative consequences for your teeth and body. Want to keep your carbonated beverages healthy? Add combinations of fresh fruits, herbs, citrus, or cucumbers to plain carbonated water to spice things up!

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