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Is Sparkling Water Bad For You?

by Toni Olukiran

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As we’re expected to drink several glasses of water each day, some may look to swap some of those with sparkling water. So does it make a difference, or is sparkling water bad for you? Read on for the full truth. 

What is sparkling water?

Sparkling water is nothing more than water that has been carbonated, meaning that carbon dioxide is put under pressure which creates a weak acid known as carbonic acid. 

Is it bad for you?

There are many people out there who believe that sparkling water may weaken bone density as well as cause gut and teeth problems, but actually, there have been no conclusive studies that prove any of this. 

Does it erode teeth? 

While people may be concerned about the effect the acidity of sparkling water may have on teeth, researchers don’t believe that it is much to be concerned about and don’t think that, even after drinking sparkling water over a long period of time, it will do much damage to tooth enamel. While it’s a great concern for fizzy drinks like coca cola, this is mostly due to the sugars and sweeteners that they contain as opposed to the carbonation.

Is it bad for digestion? 

While sparkling water may cause gas and bloating, some studies suggest that it might actually be good for your digestive health, including this one in which sparkling water helped some with chronic digestive issues. However, there has been some conflicting studies that show it can worsen symptoms for people suffering from IBS and other gastrointestinal problems, so it’s probably best to consult your GP in this instance. 

Is it bad for your bones?

Some are wary of the effects of carbonated water with good bone health, as there concerns that it can lower bone density and lead to afflictions like osteoporosis. However, studies have shown this happen when drinking fizzy drinks like Coca Cola, but there is currently no research showing that Sparkling water does lower bone density. 

The verdict

Ultimately, there is no evidence that sparkling water is bad for you, or in any case much worse than regular water. There have also been studies that it can make you feel fuller for longer than water for those concerned with maintaining or losing weight. The NHS recommends drinking sparkling water for those that like drinking fizzy drinks like Coke often for a healthy alternative, so it can actually be a positive choice for many people.  

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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