Getting fizzy with it

 The lovely waiter offers you still or sparkling…what do you choose?

Carbonated water (soda or mineral water) is water with carbon dioxide dissolved in it under pressure. It cops a bit of heat with concerns about reducing bone mineral density and causing tooth decay…

What’s the real 411 on the fizz?

  • Plain, carbonated water with no added sugar or citric acid does not cause tooth decay. Any natural acidity is quickly neutralised by saliva. The American Dental Association confirms it. 

  • Carbonated drinks don’t increase calcium loss in the bones. A study of 2500 people confirms it. The exception: cola, due to the added phosphorus which increases calcium loss. 

  • Some studies show you’ll eat up to 10% less if you fill your tum with a glass of soda right before a meal.

Our tips

Keep it simple with soda or mineral water and flavour with cucumber, ginger, lemongrass, herbs, fresh fruit (try mandarin peel 👌🏾). Go easy on citric acids if you’re concerned about your teeth.

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Lauren Atkins

Accredited Practising Dietitian

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