Have you ever noticed a difference between people who consume pure water and sparkling water drinkers? Definitely seems like two separate groups of people, right? More important than consumer behavior differences, however, are health implications. We've often wondered: is there a health difference between drinking carbonated water and purified water?
Pure Water vs Carbonated Water
When you think about pure water, what comes to mind? Exercise, active lifestyle, hiking, nature, blue skies. What's the mental image that accompanies sparkling water? Lunch at a fancy restaurant or flying first class. Both are nice concepts. But, only one says "I'm doing something good." The other says, "I’m doing something indulgent."
In fact, if you're living the Primo Lifestyle, you might be prone to thinking that all carbonated beverages are bad for you. It might be natural to place the sparkling waters alongside same caliber of beverage as, let's say, diet soda.
Well, hate to put a good brewing controversy to rest, but, turns out carbonated water is not all that bad. Pure water is, arguably, better. But carbonated water does actually have some health benefits.
Carbonated Water: Taking a Look Under the Hood
As it happens, a lot of people have been looking into the effects of carbonated water on the human body. Here's the quick rundown of a few key findings, according to Healthline:
The short and skinny is this… sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages erode tooth enamel; plain carbonated water is relatively harmless.
Judges say: drinking carbonated water can have a "neutral to positive effect."
It gets a little tricky when it comes to effects on digestion. On the one hand, carbonated water can help relieve constipation symptoms, extend the feeling of fullness after a meal and has been shown to improve swallowing ability in young and older adults. On the other, showed that carbonated water increased a hunger hormone in men, which can be a factor in weight gain. And, carbonated water can also cause bloating and gas, which can trigger Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms.
So, a bit of a mixed bag for digestive health.
It's possible that carbonated water can actually be good for your heart. Drinking it may "have beneficial effects on your cholesterol, inflammation, and blood sugar levels, potentially reducing your risk of heart disease."
The call: Looks like carbonated water can safely be incorporated into the Primo Lifestyle.
Keeping Carbonated Water Healthy
Just because carbonated water can be healthy, doesn't mean all of it is. Just like with all the other water products out there. What's safe to drink? Here are a few facts:
- If you're looking to cut back on salt in your diet, stay away from club soda, it contains sodium
- Flavored sparkling water tends to have added sweeteners and citric acid, and possibly caffeine and sodium
- Tonic water has both sweeteners and flavor additives
- Seltzer water does not contain any of the extras mentioned above
Carbonate Your Primo Lifestyle
The safest way to consume carbonated water may be to make it yourself using Primo Water and a carbonator of your choice. That way, you know you're getting all the healthy benefits of clean, purified, carbonated water, and none of the bad stuff.
Our Reverse Osmosis purification process eliminates harmful microorganisms, heavy metals, trace pharmaceuticals and pretty much everything else you wouldn’t want in your glass.