The Basics of Soda Water

Soda water is water that has been carbonated -- that is, carbon dioxide gas has been added to it; generally it is referred to as sparkling water. It is the number one ingredient of most “soft drinks.”. This process — carbonation — produces carbonic acid, better known as soda pop.

Soda water, or club soda, can be produced at home by using a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charged” with carbon dioxide. Club soda is often just the same as plain carbonated water; however, in some cases, it can have a small amount of table salts and sodium trace minerals. These additives could possibly make the taste of home made slightly salty. There are many areas in which this process occurs naturally, resulting in carbonated mineral water.

Sparkling mineral water may sometimes cause a little dental decay. While the potential problem of sparkling water is greater than still water the problem remains low. Drinking regular soft drinks can cause a much higher rate of tooth decay than drinking sparkling water. The rate is so surprisingly low, 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. Natural sparkling water is the result. In cases of the water picking up enough different minerals to add a flavor to the water, it becomes sparkling mineral water.

Soda water is basically just water and carbon dioxide. Sparkling mineral water is one of the naturally-occuring forms of carbonation. In 1794, a jeweler invented a device to produce an artificial carbonated mineral water.

Perrier, a sparkling natural mineral water, was judged to keep its fizz the longest in a taste test of several carbonated drinks;.

For consumers who believe seltzer to be a bit harsh, club soda offers an alternative, with a gentle fizz. In 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 have zero 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 added to tonic water. Today it is commonly mixed with gin and lemon or lime for an alcoholic drink.

These are a few of the simple facts that help us understand soda water.