How Does Sparkling Water Stack Up?
For all the water-haters out there (talking to you, Mom!) who struggle to get your eight 8-ounce glasses in, this is for you!
If you’re wondering if coffee, soda, juice, and seltzer can count instead – here’s your answer: no (it’s a diuretic, meaning it makes you pee out the water you actually take in), hell no (even “diet soda” is a hell no, FYI), sorta (if we’re just talking about hydration, the answer is yes… but… #sugar), and read on!
So, Can Sparkling Water Count As Your Water?
So long as your sparkling water is sodium, flavor, and sugar free (read those labels, ladies!), the answer is technically yes. There’s nothing about the influx of carbon dioxide that takes away from the hydrating benefits of your water.
But… (you knew that was coming, right?!)
That doesn’t mean that carbonated water (or seltzer) are as good as plain old water for a couple of reasons.
- Adding carbonation to water lowers the pH level of the water. Most sparkling water on the market has a pH of around 5, which, while higher (high is good here!) than soda (which clocks in at a terrible-for-you 2.5) is still welllllll below the neutral 7 of plain water. And yes, the difference between each of these numbers is quite profound, even if they seem small.
- Adding citric acid to your sparkling water is even worse. It’s what lowers the pH in soda so drastically. So, well, definitely avoid that!
Is Sparkling Water Bad For You?
No. It’s not “bad” for you – in fact, few foods are categorically “bad.” But, if you’re asking if carbonated water is as good for you as regular water… well, no.
What’s A Seltzer Gal To Do?
Check out Mountain Valley Sparkling Water, which, in using naturally alkaline water to start with, has a pH of 5.8 (which is considerably higher than most on the market). Or, use a soda stream to DIY your own sparkling water with an alkaline water base.
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