Is sparkling water as healthy as still water?

Bland, tasteless, uninteresting: some people have no shortage of adjectives to decry the taste of plain water. Sparkling water, for its part, does not lack assets to seduce the most resistant. Its fun and sparkling bubbles make it a sensory experience. However, is the latter as healthy as plain water? The New York Times disentangles the true from the false.

Drinking water is above all hydrating. From this point of view, sparkling water (naturally sparkling or artificially carbonated) does not have to be ashamed of its flat counterpart: these two drinks are as hydrating one as the other. They are therefore just as beneficial for the functioning of our body.

On closer inspection, a single black point tarnishes the sparkling water table. It is obtained by infusing water with carbon dioxide, explique The Conversation, which produces, on contact with saliva, carbonic acid with a slightly acidic pH (the unit of measurement of acidity). Here’s the problem: this acid in the drink can harm your teeth. Carbonic acid has a pH of between 3 and 4, unlike the mouth, whose pH rather flirts with 6 or 7.

For its part, plain water acts as a model student, with a pH of 7. When it is consumed from a tap, it also contains fluoride, which helps prevent dental caries. Flat, but effective.

Back to our bubbles. What do we risk with the slight acidity of this sparkling drink? If, in fact, acidity can erode our tooth enamel, further exposing them to cavities, there is no cause for concern. Carbonated water, for example, is much less erosive than soda or fruit juice, which makes it a good alternative to these very sweet drinks. It would be necessary to consume it in a really recurring way every day so that the quenottes come to suffer the first harmful effects, specifies the American media. However, it would be better to think of this drink as a pleasure rather than a main source of water.

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