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Is carbonated water actually healthy?

The carbonated water craze has taken 2019 by storm. In any grocery store or convenience store, you are sure to find this popular soda alternative. From La Croix to Bubly to water companies branding their own version, seltzer waters are on the rise. However, the spike in interest comes with a host of questions. Is it healthy? Is it bad for you? What’s in it? Let’s dive into some of these questions so that you are able to make an informed decision about whether this alternative could be for you!

The essence of carbonated water

Carbonated water is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. This creates what we know as seltzer water, carbonated water, club soda, soda water, etc. Seltzer waters do not have any added salt, while carbonated waters and club sodas do for improved taste.

Carbonated waters are acidic, which raises the question of whether they are good for dental health. Research is limited, but one study found that carbonated water damaged enamel only slightly more than still water and a lot less than sugary drinks like soda. However, when carbonated waters contain sugar, their likelihood of damaging enamel increased.

Drink to your health

The research out today shows no significant evidence that carbonated water is bad for you. As long as the carbonated water options you choose do not contain sugar, they are actually shown to help improve your health compared to soda. You will have increased feelings of fullness, less sugar in your diet, and decreased caloric consumption.

Seltzer water has also been shown to be just as hydrating as regular water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even list plain seltzer (along with still water) as a smart beverage choice. To make these options even more healthy, you can make your own carbonated water with your own added flavoring. Machines like the Soda Stream allow you to make seltzer while adding natural ingredients like citrus fruits for added flavor.

UPMC Health Plan members, you can get advice from one of our care managers if you are considering making the switch or are curious about making a healthy lifestyle change. Call a care manager today at 1-800-807-0751.