When one or two people say something is true, everyone else tends to echo it. Welcome to the fitness industry, where statements become conventional wisdom in about two seconds. The question is, how much credence do we give these claims? In the case of sparkling water, evidence suggests a major freak out over nothing.
There’s a general prejudice against fizzy drinks, mostly regarding sodas but also relating to sparking and mineral drinks. People associate them with rotting your teeth and bones because, well, sodas DO do that. Significant research has been done to see how sparkling water compares. So far, here’s what’s been found.
Sparkling Water=Bone Issues?
False. Thus far there’s zero evidence pointing to sparkling water as the cause of bone deterioration. One study published in 2001 found that teenagers who drank lots of fizzy drinks had less calcium in their bones, but a) they didn’t drink sparkling water and b) it’s a Canadian study, so how accurate can it really be? Just kidding. We love our neighbors to the north.
This is where the topic gets slightly arguable. Of course we’re all aware, or should be, that sodas can destroy our teeth over time, but sparkling water isn’t necessarily neutral in this regard either.
Although studies are limited, scientists have found that most sparkling water has a slightly acidic pH level (between 5 and 6) whereas still water is a neutral 7. In theory there could be some negative effects from this. But in a 2001 study, scientists found the erosive effects from sparkling water to be 100x less potent than sodas.
Tastiest Sparkling Waters
Taste is a person-to-person preference, but some of the more widely recognized tasty sparkling waters include Perrier, San Pellegrino, Voss, Crystal Geyser, Schweppes (great tonic water too), Badoit, Poland Spring, and Talking Rain.
If you’d prefer flavored water, like a LaCroix, the health risks won’t exactly escalate so you should be fine. It’s still less acidic than juice or soda.
Sparkling, or plain tonic water is a great substitute for individuals in recovery. It offers a similar taste to a cocktail, minus the stuff that’s bad for you. A fantastic option when trying to ween yourself off of the hard stuff.
If you’re still concerned about the safety of consuming sparkling drinks, try sipping through a straw. Scientists have long maintained that this is a great preventive measure for minimizing tooth decay, especially when consuming sodas. Actually, just cutting sodas out of your life altogether might be a better way to go.
— FranciacortaUK (@FranciacortaUK) March 27, 2017