A Simple Explanation of Soda Water

Soda water is carbonated water; sometimes referred to as sparkling water, it is water to which carbon dioxide gas has been added. Most “soft drinks” and “pop” have It as the principal ingredient. The process of carbonation results in carbonic acid, which is more familiar to us as soda pop.

If one takes a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charges” it with carbon dioxide, the result is club soda — or, soda water. Club soda can be the same as plain carbonated water; however, it is possible for small amounts of table salts and sodium trace minerals to be present. These additives make the taste of home made soda water slightly salty. In some areas the process occurs very naturally and issues in carbonated mineral water.

Some believe that sparkling mineral water may sometimes cause a little dental decay. Potential dental problems with sparkling water are greater than normal water, but only slightly so. Higher rates of tooth decay are caused by regular soft drinks, not by sparkling water. The rate is so low it suggests that carbonation of drinks may not be a significant factor in causing dental decay.

Water coming from the ground – usually from artesian wells – can be filtered among layers of minerals containing some form of carbonates and absorb the carbon dioxide gas released by the carbonates. Natural sparkling water is the resulting substance. Shoud the water also pick up enough different minerals to become flavored, it becomes sparkling mineral water.

Basically, water plus carbon dioxide equals soda water. Sparkling mineral water is a carbonation which is naturally-occurring. In 1794, a jeweler made a device to produce a carbonate artificial 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 offers an alternative, with a gentle fizz. Club soda seemed to be milder and a little sweeter, during the taste test, than the standard carbonated water.

Club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer, and carbonated water are non-caloric, making them a dieter’s choice 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 as a mixer with gin and lemon or lime for an alcoholic drink.

Soda water? These simple facts show us it’s not so complicated after all.