A love of sparking water is no new thing. From soda on down, we love carbonated beverages. And that’s all a sparkling drink is; a liquid that has carbon dioxide in it. This added carbon dioxide is what creates that fizz so many of us find popular.
Dietitians and doctors say we should drink a lot of water every day; most recommendations say two liters. Whatever water you’re drinking, as long as you’re drinking it regularly and in sufficient quantities, you’re following the advice. But some wonder if carbonated water might be less healthy than good old fashioned flat water.
It turns out, there’s no reason to avoid bubbles in your glass. People who have persistent intestinal problems such as bloating or irritable bowel syndrome might be more comfortable, and experience fewer side effects, if they drink water that lacks carbonation; but otherwise you’ll always receive more benefit from staying hydrated than in avoiding the fizz. Of course water will never been outweighed in health benefit compared to a sugary drink like soda, but just because your water bottle hisses when you unscrew the cap is nothing to be ashamed of. Enjoy that hiss and let the bubbles tickle your tongue. And if you’re looking to save money but keep the fizz, there are options that let you carbonate water in the home. Drink up.
Like a little fizz in your bottled water? Turns out, there’s nothing wrong with it. Drink up! #HealthStatus
- 1The health conscious have long heralded sparkling water as a preferred drink.
- 2The health benefits associated with generally drinking more water outweigh any negatives of drinking sparkling water specifically.
- 3People with irritable bowel syndrome or who are prone to excessive bloating should steer clear of sparkling water.