There’s still water and then there’s what my 4-year-old calls “spicy water,” better known as seltzer or sparkling water. Crisp, bubbly and effervescent, carbonated water has become a daily ritual for many and a growing segment of the beverage industry....
For those who crave it, carbonated water offers a sensory experience that flat water cannot: There’s the satisfying snap as you pull back the tab on the can. The sound of the fizz as you unscrew the bottle cap to pour yourself a glass. The tingly sensation as the beverage hits your tongue, sometimes with a hint of “natural” flavor.
Is La Croix bad for you? Sparkling waters have faced some controversy, but they don't deserve all the shade. Here's what to know.
Current obsession: sparkling water. From La Croix to Spindrift, we’re all loving the lightly flavored fizz. Not only are celebs loving it (and, from the looks of it, everyone you follow on Instagram), but earlier this summer, an artist showcased a collection called "9 Cans of LaCroix" to perfectly capture the fervor.
But if you glug can after can of sparkling H2O all day long, is that okay?
Some people have the intuition that any food or drink that is pleasurable must be bad for health. I would emphasize instead that it is important to find types of food and drink that are pleasurable enough relative to less healthy alternatives that they can help one stay away from the worst foods in the long run.
We break down what's really in these trendy, enhanced beverages.
Not trying to burst your bubble, but we’re curious.
People drink far more still bottled water than sparkling water these days, and the gap has been growing fast.
Before the advent of modern medicine, people “took the waters” in naturally carbonated springs to cure all varieties of illness.
“At the end of the day, your good old plain water is still the absolute best drink for you,” says Dr. Hashmi. If you really must have it carbonated, he recommends plain carbonated water.
Carbonated water is a healthier alternative to soda, juice or sports drinks like Gatorade. Hard seltzers tend to have fewer calories than beer. But not all carbonated water drinks are created equal. Some contain added sugars or artificial sweeteners, which can add calories, harm teeth and trigger some health conditions.
Could it be harming me?
The answer? According to Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT, registered dietitian and the author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies,: yes! She says: "Sparkling water certainly counts when you are aiming for eight glasses of water per day as this is just water with added carbonation.
"It hasn't been widely studied. We're not going to throw a bunch of research dollars into this. Let's cure cancer or do something more useful. But as far as there being any reason to not drink sparkling water for your teeth, there is no evidence to support that."
This popular seltzer has a few calories. It says a lot about how we think about health today.
Those delightful bubbles push my environmentalist principles right out of my brain. Why?
You've probably heard sparkling water is acidic and can even cause tooth decay. Here's the truth about how bad all that carbonation really is for your body.
My health conscious friends and colleagues tell me that they need an alternative to soda but plain water is too boring. They, like many people, are turning to sparkling water and flavored seltzer water.
Carbonated waters are being promoted as the low-calorie or zero-calorie alternative to soda. In a 12-month period from August 2018 to August 2019, sales of sparkling water increased by 13% compared to the previous year.
But is it really a healthy alternative?
It’s the age-old question: sparkling or still? Sparkling definitely has a fancy factor, but is sparkling water good for you? According to nutritionists, it is—with a couple of caveats.
Seltzer—also known as bubbly water, carbonated water, soda water and sparkling water—comes with as almost as many health myths as it does names. Does it leach calcium from bones? Or destroy the enamel of teeth? Will water plus carbon dioxide equal certain death?
The delightful little bubbles in La Croix and Perrier are kind of bad for your teeth.
Demand for sparkling water is higher than ever. So is supply.
In the 1990s, LaCroix was the favorite drink of Midwestern moms.
How did it get so cool?
Sparkling water sales have nearly tripled since 2008 as brands like White Claw and LaCroix add flavors, alcohol.
Unsweetened carbonated water is a better choice than soda or fruit juice. But don’t overdo it, experts say.