When it comes to healthy beverages, water is the gold standard. It provides necessary hydration, fills you up, and doesn’t add calories, sodium, or artificial sweeteners. Other drinks, like soda, juice, and flavored waters just don’t measure up.
But what about carbonated water? Is it considered healthy?
What Is Carbonated Water?
Carbonated beverages are simply any beverage that contains dissolved carbon dioxide. This produces the trademark bubbles and fizz that we all love, alongside slightly acidic substances.
No evidence has been found that the slight acidity of carbonated water affects the body in either a negative or positive way. Problems associated with soda drinking like increased calcium in the urine and possible contribution to chronic kidney disease don’t seem to be shared by plain carbonated water.
Check the Label
All carbonated waters — sparkling water, seltzer, tonic water, carbonated flavored water — are not created equally.
Some versions of carbonated water may contain extra ingredients to add flavor, which is not considered as healthy as plain carbonated water. Make sure you check the label so you know exactly what you’re sipping.
Add Some Flavor — and Some Nutrients
You may want to avoid some of the additives and sugars packaged in some types of carbonated water, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out of flavoring all together. Try infusing your carbonated water with natural fare, like cucumber, mint, lemon, or even honey.
For more information on healthy eating, visit the website for UPMC Nutrition Services.