Soda Water: What Is It?

Soda water, or sparkling water, is a carbonated water — that is, plain water to which carbon dioxide gas has been added. Most “soft drinks” and “pop” include It as the primary ingredient. Soda pop, loved my many, is basically carbonic acid — the product of carbonation.

Many people enjoy a simple home chemistry: using a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charged” with carbon dioxide to produce soda water, also known as club soda. Although it is possible for small amounts of table salts and sodium trace minerals to be present, club soda can be the same as plain carbonated water. Such additives could possibly make the taste of home made soda water slightly salty. In many areas this process is a natural occurence and produces carbonated mineral water.

In some cases, a little dental decay might be caused by sparkling mineral water. Potential dental problems with sparkling water are admittedly greater than normal water, but only slightly so. Sugary soft drinks cause tooth decay at a much higher rate than sparkling water. Such a low rate suggests that carbonation of drinks may not be a factor in causing dental decay.

Artesian wells are often the source for water that filters among layers of minerals containing forms of carbonates, absorbing the carbon dioxide gas released by those carbonates. What’s it called? Natural sparkling water. 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. Are you familiar with sparkling mineral water? It’s a naturally-occuring product of carbonation. In 1794, a jeweler invented a device to produce an artificial carbonated mineral water.

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

Consumers feeling seltzer to be a bit harsh will find club soda to have a more gentle fizz. In one part of 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.

If one mixes water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine, the carbonated result is called tonic water. Originally, quinine was added to tonic water to help cure or prevent malaria. Today it is often used in combination with gin and lemon or lime to make an alcoholic drink.

This is just a few facts and names used for soda water.