Sparkling/Seltzer water--good or bad?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

So, I've successfully not had a soda-diet or regular-in about a month I would say and I would have usually gone through a case of diet soda in 4 or 5 days. So I'm proud of myself for that. But while I've been drinking A LOT more water then I used to, I've also started drinking flavored seltzer water. I find it quenches my carbonation crave that I like with sodas, but doesn't have all that added sugar/ least I don't think? I try to get the ones with 0 everything..but sometimes I do get ones with 15 mg of sodium.

Any one else a seltzer water drinker..and is it bad for me like soda? I don't think I could do the plain ones, but I guess I could flavor them myself with lemons and limes. I haven't really done any research on it, so I thought I'd start here with my fellow Sparkers!
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    Hahahhaha, who can blame you?
    You actually taught me something too, because I have really been missing my carbonation and now I see that maybe if I just don't drink my diet Pepsi anymore, I can still enjoy the fizz without the medical issues.

    Thanks for adding me as a friend, I will do the same!
    2745 days ago
    Thanks Sue!! That makes me feel better. I'm going to send you all my research projects from now on lol! ;)
    2745 days ago
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    Here's a more recent conclusion:

    Nutrition-wise blog
    Nov. 1, 2011
    Carbonated water and bone health
    By Jennifer Nelson, M.S., R.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D.

    Is there any nutritional downside to drinking carbonated water? This is a question we are often asked. Carbonated water is purported to prevent calcium absorption, thus increasing the risk of osteoporosis.

    In reality there's no good evidence that carbonated water causes harm to your bones. The confusion may arise because of research that found a connection between carbonated cola drinks and low bone mineral density. But this association wasn't seen with noncola carbonated drinks. So if you like the bubbles, you can keep sipping your carbonated water.

    If you're open to trying other types of water, there's some promising research that mineral waters with calcium may actually benefit your bones.

    Keep your bones healthy with calcium-rich foods such as low-fat dairy, fortified foods and vegetables. Regular weight-bearing exercise is important as well.

    Both carbonated water and mineral water are usually calorie free, but check the label to be sure. If you're looking to add a little flavor, just add a squeeze of lime or lemon.
    2745 days ago
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    I may be wrong! (I hate to admit it, LOL)
    Sorry for that double posting by the way, feel free to delete it.
    Q. Can Drinking Seltzers, Sodas or Other Carbonated Drinks Harm Bones?
    By Joyce Hendley, May/June 2008

    A. Perhaps. ThereÕs research that links drinking certain types of soda with weaker bonesÑbut carbonation doesnÕt seem to be the problem.

    Nutrition experts once believed caffeine could be the culprit. In a 2001 study out of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, people lost measurable amounts of calcium after drinking caffeinated sodas. Drinking decaffeinated sodas didnÕt appear to have the same effect. As it turned out, though, people tended to make up for the losses by excreting less calcium later in the day. The researchers concluded that if sodas harm bones itÕs probably because people drink them in place of milk.

    But another study, reported in 2006 by researchers at Tufts University in Boston, suggests that colas, specifically, might be problematic. Among the 1,413 women whose dietary records and bone-density scans they reviewed, those who drank a diet or regular cola at least three times a week over five years had significantly lower bone densities than those who sipped cola once a month or less. No such effect occurred with other carbonated drinks, even after researchers factored in intake of calcium from foods.

    The likely cause? Phosphoric acid, which is unique to colas, says Katherine Tucker, Ph.D., lead author of the study. When the body breaks down this compound, the acidity (or concentration of free hydrogen ions) of the blood increases. To neutralize acidity, hydrogen ions bind with minerals, including calcium and magnesium. If theyÕre not available in the blood, says Tucker, Òthe body draws calcium from bones.Ó The occasional cola drinker probably neednÕt worry. ÒThe real risk is for those who drink cola every day,Ó says Tucker.

    Bottom line: There are plenty of good reasons to quit a regular soda habit; carbonation isnÕt one of them. In fact, sparkling mineral waters sometimes contain a little calcium and magnesium, says Tucker, Òso they might even benefit bones.Ó
    2745 days ago
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    You are doing great, but I do think that carbonation is carbonation, which is bad for the bones. Wish that weren't true because I adore diet soda but can't seem to practice moderation around it.
    2745 days ago
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    You are doing great, but I do think that carbonation is carbonation, which is bad for the bones. Wish that weren't true because I adore diet soda but can't seem to practice moderation around it.
    2745 days ago
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    I drink them litre by litre by litre.

    ShopRite sells them over here for 5 for $ 2 so I avail myself to them all the time.

    2745 days ago
    I'm not sure but congrats on all the progress with no pop!
    2745 days ago
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