Soda Water Explained

Soda water is carbonated water, sometimes referred to as sparkling water, and is plain water with carbon dioxide gas added. In most “soft drinks” and “pop” It is the chief ingredient. This process — carbonation — produces carbonic acid, better known as soda pop.

Many people enjoy a simple home chemistry: using a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charged” with carbon dioxide to produce soda water, also known as club soda. Club soda is often just the same as plain carbonated water; however, in some instances, it can have a small amount of table salts, as well as sodium trace minerals. Additives like these could make the taste of home made soda water slightly salty. There are many areas in which this process occurs naturally, resulting in carbonated mineral water.

Sometimes sparkling mineral water causes a little dental decay. While the potential problem of sparkling water is greater than still water the problem remains low. Sparkling water does not cause nearly as much tooth decay as regular soft drinks. The rate is so low it suggests that carbonated drinks may not be a factor in causing dental decay.

Water coming from the ground, usually from artesian wells, is often filtered among layers of minerals; these layers contain various carbonates; the water absorbs carbon dioxide gas released by the carbonates. The resulting water is called natural sparkling water. In cases of the water picking up enough different minerals to add a flavor to the water, it becomes sparkling mineral water.

Basically, soda water equals water plus carbon dioxide. You are probably familiar with sparkling mineral water — a naturally-occuring result of carbonation. In 1794, a jeweler made a device to produce an artificial carbonated mineral water.

A taste test of several carbonated drinks determined that Perrier, a sparkling natural mineral water, kept its fizz the longest.

For consumers who believe seltzer to be a bit harsh, club soda offers an alternative, with a gentle fizz. In one part of the taste test, club soda seemed to be milder and a little sweeter tasting than standard carbonated water.

Club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer, and carbonated water do not have any calories, making them a dieter’s choice over soda pop and tonic water.

Another carbonated drink, tonic water, is produced by mixing water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine. Originally, to help cure or prevent malaria, quinine was used as an additive to tonic water. Today it is frequently mixed with gin and lemon or lime to produce an alcoholic drink.

So, soda water is not so hard to understand, as these simple facts reveal.