Soda Water: What Is It?

Soda water, also referred to as sparkling water, and is plain water with carbon dioxide gas added. It is the primary component of most “soft drinks.”. Carbonic acid results from the process of carbonation, and is better known to us as soda pop.

By using a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charged” with carbon dioxide, soda water (club soda) was produced in the past in the home. Club soda may be the same as plain carbonate water but it can have a small amount of table salts, and sodium trace minerals. These additives make the slight taste of salt home made soda water. There are many areas in which this process occurs naturally, resulting in carbonated mineral water.

A little dental decay might sometimes be caused by sparkling mineral water. Sparkling water’s potential affects on dental problems are somewhat greater than with normal water, but not dramatically so. Drinking regular soft drinks can cause a much higher rate of tooth decay than drinking sparkling water. The rate is so low it suggests that carbonated drinks may not be little or no factor in causing dental decay.

Ground water, 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 result? Natural sparkling water. If the water also picks up enough different minerals to add a flavor to the water it becomes sparkling mineral water.

Basically, soda water = water + carbon dioxide. Sparkling mineral water is one of the naturally-occuring forms of carbonation. 1794 was the year that a jeweler invented a device to produce an artificial carbonated mineral water.

Several carbonated drinks were subjected to a taste test, and it was found that Perrier, a sparkling natural mineral water, kept its fizz the longest.

For consumers who believe seltzer to be a bit harsh, club soda has a gentle fizz. During the taste test, club soda seemed to be milder, as well as a little sweeter, than standard carbonated water.

With zero calories, club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer, and carbonated water are usually preferred by dieters over soda pop and tonic water.

Tonic water is a type of carbonate drink; it contains water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine. Originally, quinine was added to tonic water to help cure or prevent malaria. Today it is often used in combination with gin and lemon or lime to make an alcoholic drink.

These basic facts and terms help us have a clearer understanding of soda water.

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