Drinking fizzy water may decay teeth and cause weight gain according to various studies, reports Alison Maloney in The New York Post. The process of making water sparkly involves adding carbon dioxide under pressure, which gives it a mild amount of carbonic acid. This acidity is enough to erode tooth enamel, which can lead to yellowing and cracked teeth. Additionally, fizzy water causes people to feel more empty and therefore overeat. The carbon dioxide in the water releases hunger-inducing hormones. These factors make sparkling water worse for one’s health than drinking still water.
Drinking sparkling water can be good for your health, asserts Sarah Arora of MSN. Fizzy water is a good alternative to drinking sodas since it doesn’t contain sugar, sodium, calories of caffeine. It can also ease stomach pain and is the best way to hydrate. Claims that carbonation causes calcium shortages are unverified as the cause is likely to be the ingredients of soft drinks. While some carbonated drinks may contain low levels of acidity, it is usually soft drinks, rather than sparkling water. However, when choosing what fizzy water to drink, it is best to choose brands that avoid additives.