Why do we question the credentials of sparkling water?

Rumours continue to circulate that increase the negativity towards such an innocent drink. 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.

What is sparkling water?

Sparkling water is just that – a carbonated water. The fizz comes from dissolving carbon dioxide in the water in a pressurizer's 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 home-made sodas, sparkling ice tea, cocktails, mocktails and flavoured sparkling water.

Four sparkling water myths

There are many false truths surrounding sparkling water, so it is only fair we try to put wrongs to rights. Whether they result from the inclusion of soda in the name, via a simple fizzy-association, or through any other means, the reality remains the same.

There is minimal science to back up the myths we hear too often.

MYTH 1 - Sparkling water dehydrates

This is the most common myth, but it lacks evidence. Fizzy water hydrates just as efficiently as its flat friend

MYTH 2 - Sparkling water affects bone density

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 colas 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.

MYTH 3 - Sparkling water is bad for your kidneys

There are rumours that carbonised water increases the likelihood of kidney stones, yet the fact is there is no evidence to support the claim. While soft drinks can have a negative effect, carbonated water is likelier to mitigate the risk of kidney disease through its hydrating powers.

MYTH 4- Sparkling water will rot your teeth

Sparkling water has no added sugar 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.

Why we love sparkling water

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 soft drinks 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. Not only will sparkling water 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.