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Sparkling water: Healthy alternative or millennial fad?

bigthink.com

170 million gallons

...is the amount of sparkling water Americans drink each year.

Sparkling waters are the latest in health chic, providing all the fizzy refreshment of a soft drink with none of those wicked calories. As with any health food trend, questions of its validly abound.

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It describes water with carbon dioxide dissolved into it. 

CO₂ can be introduced through natural processes, or by artificially injecting the gas into water while it is under pressure. Its addition gives these beverages their satisfying hiss-pop and effervescence.

Can also...

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Classifying sparkling waters

  • Seltzer water: water with carbonation. May include natural flavors. No sugar or sodium.
  • Club soda adds sodium bicarbonate or potassium sulfate to carbonated water to elicit a minerally taste. No sugar.
  • Tonic water includes sugar, citric acid, ...

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Carbonated water vs. regular water

Plain carbonated water is just as hydrating as regular water.

Mineral waters with calcium and bicarbonate have been shown to improve hydration during exercise.

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Some claim sparkling water has injurious effects, such as reducing bone mineral density, but research shows such claims are overstated or outright myths.

There is one criticism of sparkling water that holds true: It has the potential to damage your teeth.

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