Is Bubbly Water Healthy?
By now, we should all know that sugary sodas (even diet sodas) are a chemical nightmare and detrimental to our health.
Some health enthusiasts rush to the store to pick up the alternative to sodas .. bubbly water drinks like tonic water, club soda, seltzer water, and sparkling mineral water.
Some (not all) are healthier options than a sugary soda, but are “bubbly waters” really good for your health?
And what’s the difference between the four kinds, anyway?
Tonic water consists of carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), citric acid, sodium benzoate, quinine and natural flavors.
This is BY FAR the worst of all bubbly waters for many reasons ..
.. and we we recommend you avoid this one as much as you would sodas.
The only thing making this look “healthier” than it’s cola peers is the clear color, and an absence of phosphoric acid.
However, I would argue this one is actually a little more harmful than other typical clear sodas, due to one main ingredient, Quinine.
Quinine was a drug used to cure malaria, and it was later on replaced with drugs that had FEWER side effects. The poison is said to be in the dose on this one, meaning a serving in your beverage of tonic would hold about 20mg of the drug, where as 200mg were used in treatment ..
.. however, that is only about a liters worth of Tonic, so I don’t think is hard to reach those levels over a short amount of time.
As if that ingredient isn’t bad enough, this beverage also has HFCS in it, listed as the number 2 ingredient! HCFS is notoriously the worst ingestible form of sugar.
Studies have shown that HFCS is most likely one of the leading causes to Diabetes, and also known to be genetically-modified (GMO) as well as laced with mercury, the second most toxic element on the planet.
Club soda is plain water containing added mineral-like ingredients. It appears to include the same good stuff that’s in mineral water, but the minerals are in their synthetic forms; not necessarily pure minerals.
To put it simply, club soda is the chemical, manufactured version of mineral water.
Club soda contains carbon dioxide and usually has added flavors.
Carbon dioxide is often mistaken for being harmful, but it’s not toxic in the way some people believe. It may cause gassiness and burps, but it doesn’t cause thinning bones, gastrointestinal issues, IBS, or diverticulitis.
Other ingredients include sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, potassium sulfate, and disodium phosphate.
Water plus carbon dioxide equals seltzer water.
In this option, there are no minerals added. There are, however, many seltzer waters that contain added flavors. Those flavors, natural or synthetic alike, are what you need to watch out for.
You can determine a lot by the flavors that are used.
Lemon or lime flavors, for example, are relatively easy to obtain from their natural sources.
Strawberry and blueberry flavors, on the other hand, are notoriously difficult to extract naturally, which means they’re likely to be synthetic.
All in all, seltzer water can be considered the middle-of-the-road choice. It may not be overly healthy, but as long as you pay attention to the flavors, it’s not going to harm you.
Sparkling Mineral Water
Sparkling mineral water is natural spring or well water, sometimes bottled right at the source, that contains minerals like salts and sulfur compounds, that are essential nutrients that many of us are lacking.
True sparkling mineral water is the healthiest of the bubbly waters.
It’s likely to be the least bubbly, but some brands do have added carbon dioxide to give it that extra fizz. Carbon dioxide will escape very rapidly and quickly go “flat” if you leave it open, but natural mineral water will still have that bubbly bite long after the carbon dioxide has dissipated.
If your sparkling mineral water comes in a can, you need to be careful when it comes to aluminum content and BPA. The healthiest brands are sold in glass bottles and use natural essential oils as flavors.
Remember, each of these beverages are called water! Normal water contains just 2 molecules of Hydrogen and 1 molecule of Oxygen .. that's it!
A good rule of thumb to follow with all of our foods and beverages is this ..
.. the more items you see on the ingredients list, the higher the chance of bad ingredients. When in doubt, stick to foods and drinks with minimal ingredients, and ingredients that you can pronounce.