People like to drink all kinds of things instead of regular water. Let’s face it, water can be boring by itself after a while. If you cut out sugary drinks, sodas, and other beverages, you may be looking for a different type of drink that is refreshing. Carbonated water is a good alternative to those other drinks, but it may not be as good for your health as you might think. Find out why carbonated sparkling water may have some interesting health effects on your body.
How it Works
Carbonated water is water infused with carbon dioxide that is pressurized. This is where the bubbles come from when you drink fizzy water drinkers like club soda. To improve taste, salt is added in tiny amounts. Tonic water is carbonated also, but may contain quinine, along with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Adding in these chemicals and other things to the water can increase the health risks for people who drink them regularly.
Sparkling mineral water and other drinks are slightly acidic. Over time, this can have a detrimental impact on your tooth enamel. Mineral water is 100 times less damaging than sugary soft drinks but they can still destroy enamel if sugar is added. Plain, sparkling water may not have as big an impact on dental health, but there are some with added sugars that may harm teeth over time.
Sparkling and carbonated water and other similar beverages can help a person feel more full after meals than drinking just plain water. Sparkling water may help food remain longer in the stomach, which triggers a fullness sensation. This can be a challenge if you are drinking more than you are eating in calories. The goal should be to eat healthy, nutritious meals and add in a beverage here and there like sparkling water. It is good to keep tabs on how many calories you drink in a day so you don’t drink more than you eat and get enough healthy vitamins and nutrients.
The truth about carbonated beverages is that it may not be all that bad for your heart, bones, or even teeth, if you drink it in moderation. The key is to read labels and know what you’re putting into your body. If you are not sure how much you are putting into your body by drinking calories, you could be setting yourself up to get less nutrition than you should. In this way, this can be harmful to you. If you are struggling to quit drinking these beverages, you should speak to a nutritionist or someone who can help you decide how to manage your diet so you are getting enough healthy foods to keep you strong in recovery.
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