Soda Water: What Is It?

Soda water, or carbonated water, is also referred to as sparkling water, and is plain water to which carbon dioxide gas has been added. Most “soft drinks” and “pop” include It as the primary ingredient. The process of carbonation results in carbonic acid, which is more familiar to us as soda pop.

By using a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charged” with carbon dioxide, soda water (also called club soda) can be produced right at home. Club soda can be the same as plain carbonated water; however, small amounts of table salts and/or sodium trace minerals might be present. These additives make the slight taste of salt home made soda water. There are many areas in which this process occurs naturally, resulting in carbonated mineral water.

A little dental decay might sometimes be caused by sparkling mineral water. Potential dental problems with sparkling water are admittedly greater than normal water, but only slightly so. Tooth decay seems to be stimulated much more by regular soft drinks than by sparkling water. Dental decay may, in fact, not be greatly affected by carbonated drinks since the rate is so low.

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. The outcome is usually called natural sparkling water. Shoud the water also pick up enough different minerals to become flavored, it becomes sparkling mineral water.

Soda water is basically just water and carbon dioxide. One natural result of carbonation is sparkling mineral water. In 1794, a jeweler invented a device to produce an artificial carbonated mineral water.

In a taste test of several carbonated drinks, it was determined that Perrier, a sparkling natural mineral water, kept its fizz the longest.

For consumers who believe seltzer to be a bit harsh, club soda provides a more gentle fizz. In the taste test that was conducted, club soda was judged to be milder, and a little sweeter tasting, than standard carbonated water.

Club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer, and carbonated water are non-caloric, making them a dieter’s choice over soda pop and tonic water.

Tonic water is a type of carbonated drink that contains water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine. Originally, quinine was added to tonic water to help cure or prevent malaria. Today it is commonly mixed with gin and lemon or lime for a popular alcoholic drink.

Understanding soda water is made easier by these basic facts and terms.