Soda Water Explained

Soda water, or sparkling water, is a carbonated water — that is, plain water to which carbon dioxide gas has been added. It is the primary component of most “soft drinks.”. Carbonation produces carbonic acid, which produces soda pop.

If one takes a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charges” it with carbon dioxide, the result is club soda — or, soda water. 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 may make the taste of home made soda water slightly salty. There are many areas in which this process occurs naturally, resulting in carbonated mineral water.

It is thought that sparkling mineral water may sometimes cause a little dental decay. Potential dental problems with sparkling water are admittedly greater than normal water, but only slightly so. Tooth decay occurs at a much higher rate for users of regular soft drinks versus users of sparkling water. The rate is so low it suggests that carbonation may not be a factor in causing dental decay.

Artesian wells can be the source for waters that filter among layers of minerals in the ground; the layers contain forms of carbonates, and the waters absorb the carbon dioxide gases produced by those carbonates. The outcome is usually called natural sparkling water. Sparkling mineral water results in cases where the filtered water picks up enough different minerals to add a flavor.

Basically, soda water is just water and carbon dioxide. You are probably familiar with sparkling mineral water — a naturally-occuring result of carbonation. In the year 1794, a jeweler invented a different kind of device — one to produce artificial carbonated mineral water.

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

The gentle fizz of club soda may be preferred by consumers who feel seltzer to be a bit harsh. During the taste test, club soda seemed to be milder, and a little sweeter, than the standard carbonated water.

Club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer, and carbonated water have a great advantage over soda pop and tonic water — no calories.

Another carbonated drink, tonic water, is produced by mixing water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine. Quinine’s first use in tonic water was as an additive to help cure or prevent malaria. Today it is commonly mixed with gin and lemon or lime for an alcoholic drink.

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


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