After I pour it out, I let the fizz settle and drink it only after it became a bit weaker.
Mostly I like the iron aftertaste it has.
For some reason a lot of friends of mine told me that I should swap to still water, because fizzy or carbonated water is bad for my health. I thought I’ll research it a bit and I came across various myths regarding carbonated water, but I also found many studies to dismiss them.
Does carbonated water wash out the calcium from my bones?
No, it doesn’t. According to most studies fizzy water doesn’t leech calcium from the bones.
Is carbonated water bad for the teeth?
Due to its’ increased acidity level, it was thought that carbonated water might deteriorate our teeth. Although most fizzy drinks might erode the tooth enamel, this isn’t the case of mineral water, because it doesn’t contain any flavoring agent which is the cause of the acid.
Some researchers also tried soaking human teeth in still and carbonated water to see if any of these represent a threat, but neither was harmful.
Is carbonated water bad for the stomach?
Some claim that carbon dioxide (CO2) can cause hiccups, aggravate irritable bowel syndrome and dilute stomach acid that will prevent correct digestion. Although in the case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) it is advised to avoid carbonated beverages, there is no proven harmful effect on digestion and hiccups or stomach acids.
Some even say that fizzy water relieves the upset stomach. It is true, that carbon dioxide can affect people with reflux problems, but apart from flatulence and burps it doesn’t have any harmful effect.
However if you have a sensitive stomach and CO2 can cause bloating, for the sake of a flat stomach you might want to reduce it. Although there are a lot of myths concerning the side effects of drinking fizzy water, it has the same effect as still water; it hydrates you, avoiding dry skin, wrinkles and constipation.
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