Bubbles make something that is relatively boring and monotonous to become more exciting. With the rise of home soda makers, a lot of people are favoring fizzy bubbly sparkling water rather than the still. A lot of experts have expressed their concerns with regards to regular consumption of sparkling water, but it cannot be denied that the effervescent attribute of sparkling water makes it more refreshing and delicious compared to regular still water. Moreover, sparkling water is seen to be a healthier alternative to its sugary counterpart – sweet and colorful soda drinks.
However, numerous myths that revolve around sparkling water and its detrimental effects are completely baseless and fabricated. For that reason, here are three sparkling water myths debunked and explained so that you do not have to feel guilty about drinking it any longer:
Culprit of Calcium Depletion
There is a famous saying that carbonated drinks of any type, which include sparkling water, can actually leach calcium from your bones. Nobody knows how this myth got popular, but eventually some people really believe that carbonated drinks can leach calcium from the bones and hence increase risk of osteoporosis. A study conducted by Harvard Medical School has shown that cola soft drinks are interrelated to low bone mineral density in older women, but this does not apply to other types of carbonated beverages such as sparkling water. As a conclusion, carbonation cannot be blamed as the main culprit of calcium depletion of the bones because the men in the study did not experience similar effects.
Moreover, another study conducted by the Creighton University School of Medicine also confirms that carbonation is not the prime suspect of bone calcium leaching process. The ones to blame for the calcium depletion process were actually caffeine and phosphoric acid contained in cola drinks, making sparkling water to be completely safe for consumption when it comes to calcium in the bones. One disclaimer though: replacing other calcium-rich drinks such as milk with sparkling water obviously can cause you to be calcium deprived; so as a conclusion, sparkling water should be drank in moderation together with other healthy drinks.
Does Not Hydrate, But Rather Dehydrate
Sparkling water – also known as carbonated water, soda water or seltzer water – is basically plain water added with an infusion of carbon dioxide. It is slightly more acidic than plain still water because the process of dissolving carbon dioxide into the water will produce carbonic acid as a byproduct. Pure sparkling water is not added up with sugar, calories, caffeine, minerals or vitamins, but a lot of other carbonated water types such as tonic water and club soda may consist of additional aforementioned elements.
Sparkling water is known to be a great alternative for people who dislike the plain and slightly tangy taste of tap water. The debate, however, lies on the topic of whether sparkling water can actually keep you hydrated throughout the day. Some people have stated that sparkling water actually does the opposite: it causes dehydration rather than hydration. Nevertheless, this myth is completely baseless and untrue because sparkling water can be just hydrating as regular still water.
Erosive Agent To Your Teeth Enamel
This myth is actually true, because sparkling water does erode the teeth’s enamel but it is not as bad as what has been reported in the internet. What causes sparkling water to be a bit erosive to the teeth would be its carbonic acid – the byproduct caused by dissolving carbon dioxide into the water through low temperature and high pressure. As a result, sparkling water is indeed more corrosive than normal still water because of its lower pH acidity level, but it is not as acidic and corrosive as soda. In spite of that, sparkling water is no more damaging than orange juice. So unless you consume sparkling water for a very long period of time without brushing your teeth, you do not have to worry about your teeth being significantly eroded by the consumption.