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Carbonated water is a refreshing beverage and a good alternative to sugary soft drinks. However, concerns have been raised that it may be bad for your health.
Let’s look at the health effects of carbonated water.
Carbonated water is acidic, but your body should maintain a stable, slightly alkaline pH no matter what you consume.
Sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages can erode tooth enamel, but plain carbonated water appears relatively harmless.
Carbonated water has benefits for digestion. It may improve swallowing, increase feelings of fullness and reduce constipation.
Drinking carbonated cola drinks may harm bone health, but plain sparkling water appears to have a neutral or positive effect.
There is currently no evidence that carbonated or sparkling water is bad for you. It is not really that harmful for dental health and seems to have no effect on bone health.
Interestingly, a carbonated drink may even enhance digestion by improving swallowing ability and reducing constipation.
It’s also a calorie-free beverage that causes a pleasurable bubbly sensation. Many people prefer it over still water.
There’s no reason to give up this beverage if you enjoy it. In fact, it may actually improve your overall health.
All evidence & citations are from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
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