Is Sparkling Water Good For You? APEC Sparkling Water Guide


First, What Exactly Is Sparkling Water?

Sparkling water is a type of carbonated water that has become increasingly popular in recent years as an alternative to traditional still water or sugary sodas. It is often used as a mixer for alcoholic beverages or as a refreshing non-alcoholic option on its own.

Sparkling Water, Tonic Water, Club Soda, Oh My!

While tonic water, club soda, and seltzer are all carbonated beverages, they are notN all the same thing as sparkling water. Tonic water is flavored with quinine, which gives it a distinct bitter taste. Club soda is also flavored, but typically with a combination of sodium bicarbonate and potassium sulfate. Seltzer is plain carbonated water with no added flavors or minerals, making it the most synonymous with sparkling water.

Is Sparkling Water Good For You?

How healthy is sparkling water exactly? Sparkling water is generally considered a healthy beverage option. It’s not so much about what it contains but rather what it does not contain. According to the Google preferred definition, sparkling water is "water that has been carbonated, with no additional sugar or calories." With the absence of added sugars or sweeteners, it is a great alternative to sugary sodas and fruit juices (depending on how you use and prepare it of course). The more artificial flavoring, sugars, or juices you add in, the more potential for the beverage you create to become unhealthy.

Is Carbonated Water as Hydrating as Regular Water?

Does sparkling water hydrate you? Yes, carbonated water is just as hydrating as still water. Proper hydration is important for maintaining good health, and drinking enough water can help prevent dehydration, improve digestion, and even boost cognitive function. While sparkling water may have a different taste or mouthfeel than still water, it is just as effective at keeping your body hydrated.

Sparkling Water Benefits

There are several benefits to drinking sparkling water. Here are a few:

  • Digestion: The carbonation in sparkling water can help stimulate digestion and relieve bloating.
  • Hydration: Despite rumors to the contrary, carbonated water is just as hydrating as still water. This means that it can be a great way to meet your daily water intake goals with an added zing!
  • Cravings: If you're trying to cut back on sugary sodas or other unhealthy beverages, sparkling water can be a great way to satisfy your cravings for something carbonated without consuming excess sugar.
  • Weight Management: While yes, sparkling water keeps you hydrated and helps you avoid sugary drinks, the carbonation in sparkling water can actually help you feel more full than regular water might.
  • Bone Health: Most traditional sodas contain phosphorus, something that often causes decreased bone density. Sparkling water actually has the potential to improve your bone health when compared to regular tap water.
  • Heart Health: Some studies have suggested that sparkling water could actually benefit heart health by decreasing bad LDL cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and inflammatory markers.

Is there a downside to drinking sparkling water?

Is sparkling water bad for you? While sparkling water is generally considered a healthy beverage option, there are a few potential downsides to be aware of.

Dental Health: The carbonation in sparkling water can erode tooth enamel over time. If you drink an excessive amount of sparkling water – or any carbonated drinks really – it's a good idea to rinse your mouth out with plain water afterwards to help reduce the acidity in your mouth.

Digestion: While sparkling water can help with digestion for some people, it can actually cause bloating and discomfort in others. If you notice digestive issues after drinking sparkling water, it may not be the right beverage choice for you.

Sugar Levels: While sparkling water itself contains no added sugars or sweeteners, some flavored varieties may contain added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Be sure to read labels carefully, and use natural flavors and sweeteners when making sparkling water beverages at home.

Tips for Drinking Sparkling Water

If you're new to drinking sparkling water, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this beverage:

Start Slow: If you're not used to the carbonation in sparkling water, it's best to start with small sips and gradually increase the amount you consume over time.

Mix with Natural Flavors: If you prefer flavored sparkling water, try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice instead of opting for artificial or sugary flavoring.

Pay Attention to Labels: Be sure to carefully read the labels on branded sparkling waters to check for added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Whenever possible, choose plain carbonated water over flavored varieties to minimize your sugar intake.

Make Sure Your Water is Clean First

When making sparkling water at home, it's important to use clean, purified water to ensure that your beverages are free from contaminants and other potential health hazards. This is especially important if you are using a sparkling water maker that relies on tap water. Investing in a water filtration system can help you ensure that your water is clean and safe to drink.

Create Fresh Fizzy Drinks at Home!

The APEC Sparkling Water System, when used in tandem with our high-quality filtration solutions, will provide clean and delicious sparkling water.

In addition to our sparkling water makers, APEC Water Systems also offers a variety of other water filtration solutions, including whole house water filters, reverse osmosis systems, and more.

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