I’ve recently started back in the 9-5 world, working at a desk. While this is having all sorts of impacts on me physically (sitting for SO many hours of the day), there is one definite upside. I’m drinking more water.
For some reason, I tend to drink more water when sitting at a desk. I just sip sip sip away on a water bottle or a glass. I’m averaging 2.5 litres a day at the moment – hurrah!
My office not only has lovely filtered water plumbed in – but also a tap with sparkling water. After the first few days of still…I decided to try the sparkling, and now I am hooked. I seem to drink it even faster now that the water has a bit of zap to it. BUT it did get me thinking – does drinking carbonated water have any negative health effects? Google came to the rescue…
It appears the main concerns around drinking carbonated or sparkling water are:
– The water will leech calcium from your bones
– The water can harm the enamel on your teeth
– The water can irritate your stomach
YIKES! Luckily, a great website called Nutrition Diva had already done all the hard work in sorting out the truth on carbonated water.
While soda consumption has been linked to lower bone mineral density, it looks like this has nothing to do with carbonation. According to recent research, it seems that soda drinkers have weaker bones simply because they have a lower calcium intake overall (drinking too much coke!), rather than the soda actually leeching the calcium from your bones.
In terms of your pearly whites, again – research found that the carbon dioxide that is dissolved in water isn’t harmful to teeth. In fact, most water (including regular tap water) will contain minerals like calcium and these actually buffer any effects of the water and protect the tooth enamel. To be honest – I figure it can’t be any worse than the limescale that’s in the water in the UK!
Stomach irritation is a bit of a personal one – obviously if it upsets you, then don’t drink it. I haven’t felt any upset tummy problems – but occasionally I need to burp a wee bit (discreetly of course!). Apparently burping can relieve indigestion and sometimes carbonated water is suggested to settle a tummy anyway.
The end verdict is that drinking carbonated or sparkling water offers up the same benefits as drinking plain old water (win!). So I’m going to keep up with my fizzy water – whatever makes me guzzle the stuff faster!
Do you drink sparkling water? Or do you prefer it still?