home
RSS
Is carbonated water safe to drink?
May 6th, 2011
07:20 AM ET

Is carbonated water safe to drink?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Friday, it's Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist.

Question asked by Vicky B. of Riverview, Michigan

I just bought a home carbonator. Is there any danger to drinking carbonated water instead of still water? Some web articles state that carbonated water does not flush toxins like still water, that it causes kidney stones because it is harder to digest and that it leaches calcium from the bones.

Expert answer:

I’m glad you asked this question as I’m addicted to my home carbonator and I find that I drink much more water, particularly with meals, than I used to. In addition, using a home carbonator is better for the environment as it saves on those plastic bottles that we see almost everywhere these days.

Regarding the health aspect, I could find no research suggesting that carbonated water would not flush toxins as effectively as plain water. With regards to leaching calcium from the bones or increased kidney stone formation (which is probably theoretically due to increase calcium loss in the urine rather than digestion difficulty), again there is no clinical evidence that this occurs. A 2006 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that carbonated colas were associated with slightly decreased bone density in older women, but other non-cola carbonated beverages were not.

Carbonated water is created (or exists naturally) by dissolving carbon dioxide(CO2) in water. This creates carbonic acid, which is more acidic than regular water (it falls somewhere in the range of apple and orange juice) but is much less acidic than the stomach.

It is important to understand that the human body maintains pH equilibrium on a constant basis and will not be affected by water consumption. Some concern exists regarding tooth enamel erosion due to the increased acidity, but a 2001 study in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation showed that while sparkling mineral waters showed slightly greater erosive potential than still waters, the potential was considered low and was of the order of one hundred times less than soft drinks.

Some bottled or canned carbonated water contains added sodium to decrease this acidity and improve taste. If you are on a low sodium diet and consume bottled or canned carbonated water, make sure to pay attention to the sodium content and choose lower sodium options.

The only real health concern with drinking carbonated water is aggravation of irritable bowel syndrome due to the release of CO2 which could cause bloating and gas. So if you suffer from IBS, it may be best to limit or avoid intake of any carbonated beverage. If not, carbonated water is a good way to increase water intake and is also a refreshing way of diluting the calories in high calorie beverages like juice and white wine.


soundoff (381 Responses)
  1. Window washing Denver

    Thank You for your information

    https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. window cleaning Denver

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    https://www.wpgxfox28.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 12:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Window washing Denver

    Great article. Couldn't be write much better! Keep it up!

    https://www.wtnzfox43.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 12:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Window washing Denver CO

    Thank You for your information

    https://www.thecowboychannel.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 12:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. window cleaning Denver CO

    Great article. Couldn't be write much better! Keep it up!

    https://lifestyle.rewindmymusic.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 12:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. window cleaning Denver

    very nice! Ireally like your blog

    https://lifestyle.southernsportstoday.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 12:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Window washing Denver CO

    Wow this blog is very nice!

    https://lifestyle.xtra1063.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Window washing Denver CO

    Wow this blog is very nice!

    https://lifestyle.us983.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 12:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. window cleaning Denver

    such a great information for blogger i am a professional blogger thanks

    https://lifestyle.967wshv.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Window washing Denver CO

    this is very informative and intersting for those who are interested in blogging field.

    https://www.wrde.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Window washing Denver CO

    Thank You for your information

    https://midplains.newschannelnebraska.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 13:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. window cleaning Denver

    Commenting on a blog is an art. Good comments create relations. You're doing great work. Keep it up.

    https://plattevalley.newschannelnebraska.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 13:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. window cleaning Denver

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You're doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

    https://lifestyle.3wzfm.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Window washing Denver

    very nice! Ireally like your blog

    https://lifestyle.mykmlk.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 14, 2021 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. window cleaning Denver

    very nice! Ireally like your blog

    http://markets.post-gazette.com/postgazette/news/read/41077120

    March 14, 2021 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. window cleaning Denver CO

    Commenting on a blog is an art. Good comments create relations. You're doing great work. Keep it up.

    http://finance.dailyherald.com/dailyherald/news/read/41077120/

    March 14, 2021 at 13:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Window washing Denver

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    http://finance.minyanville.com/minyanville/news/read/41077120

    March 14, 2021 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. window cleaning Denver CO

    Interesting stuff to read. Keep it up.

    http://money.mymotherlode.com/clarkebroadcasting.mymotherlode/news/read/41077120/

    March 14, 2021 at 13:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Premier Luxury Rehab Center

    luxury alcohol rehabluxury rehab centre drug & addiction treatment

    https://www.mercuiluxuryrehab.com/rejuvenating-retreat

    March 15, 2021 at 01:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. luxury rehab

    luxury rehab clinic | drug & alcohol addiction treatment, only one client luxury private drug rehab

    https://www.mercuiluxuryrehab.com/most-expensive-luxury-rehab-centre

    March 15, 2021 at 01:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity

    w88The Forsaken Universe is unrivaled of the upside mechanical man apps.

    http://www.w88casino.net/w88/

    March 16, 2021 at 02:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. marin treatment center

    luxury detox center

    https://www.mercuiluxuryrehab.com/

    March 16, 2021 at 03:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. luxury mental health facilities

    undefinedluxury rehab retreat center alcohol drug addiction detox weight loss

    https://www.mercuiluxuryrehab.com/

    March 16, 2021 at 04:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. SEO BACKLINKS

    would you like to Boost your website organic traffic google ranking and Higher Quality Backlinks you are at right place SEO BACKLINKS

    https://www.backlinkbazar.tk/

    March 16, 2021 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. HIGH PBN BACKLINKS

    https://www.backlinkbazar.tk/

    March 16, 2021 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. href="https://kubet365.net/">soi cầu kubet

    soi cau

    <a

    March 19, 2021 at 13:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. soi cau mb hom nay

    cau xsmb

    https://diblikleontyn.blog.idnes.cz/redir.aspx?url=https://kubet365.net/casino-online/

    March 19, 2021 at 14:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. kèo bóng đá

    soi cầu 3 miền

    https://diblikleontyn.blog.idnes.cz/redir.aspx?url=https://kubet365.net/casino-online/

    March 19, 2021 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me Montclair, Denver, CO

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    https://www.htv10.tv/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 03:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Window Cleaning Service Globeville

    very nice! Ireally like your blog

    https://www.wpgxfox28.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 04:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me Villa Park, Denver, CO

    Impressive! Thanks for the post

    https://www.wtnzfox43.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 06:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Window Cleaning Service Berkeley, Denver, CO

    Thanks for the information.

    https://www.americanrodeo.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 07:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Window Cleaning Service East Colfax, Denver, CO

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    https://www.americanrodeo.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 07:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Window Cleaning Service Baker, Denver, CO

    Commenting on a blog is an art. Good comments create relations. You're doing great work. Keep it up.

    https://www.thecowboychannel.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 08:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Window Washing Service East Colfax, Denver, CO

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You're doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

    https://lifestyle.bigtalkerradio.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 08:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. nail gel

    Beautyforten‘s mission is to elevate, enable, approve, and eventually assemble confidence in ladies around the globe through astounding items that empower both inward and external beauty and otherworldly edification while additionally giving chances to self-improvement and budgetary reward. We let you feel beautiful.Changeable Pink Violet Nude Eye Shadow Palette

    https://beautyforten.com/products/3d-mascara-lengthening-black-lash?variant=39408927342779

    March 20, 2021 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Best Window Cleaning Service Near Me East Colfax, Denver, CO

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    https://lifestyle.southernsportstoday.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. nail glitter

    Beautyforten‘s mission is to elevate, enable, approve, and eventually assemble confidence in ladies around the globe through astounding items that empower both inward and external beauty and otherworldly edification while additionally giving chances to self-improvement and budgetary reward. We let you feel beautiful.Changeable Pink Violet Nude Eye Shadow Palette

    https://beautyforten.com/collections/nail-gel

    March 20, 2021 at 10:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Window Cleaning Service Globeville

    Commenting on a blog is an art. Good comments create relations. You're doing great work. Keep it up.

    https://lifestyle.680thefan.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 20, 2021 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Daylight studio hire

    Photo studio hire

    https://www.daylightstudiohire.co.uk/

    March 21, 2021 at 10:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Natural light studio hire

    We are Daylight Studio, a boutique photography studio and photo shoot location in East London available for hire. We are a creative natural light studio space with decorated French walls, lots of props and furniture and massive windows for great natural light. He have a unique selection of chairs, fabric backgrounds and a sofa for your next natural light photography project. The studio is great for fashion, portrait and commercial photography and if natural light photography studio is not your thing we have a lot of lighting equipment available for you as well and that includes studio strobe lights with various modifiers and LED constant lights for video production. We also have facilities for e-commerce photography. Please see the studio’s gallery here. Please consider Daylight Studio as your shoot location or film location for your next creative project.

    https://www.daylightstudiohire.co.uk/

    March 21, 2021 at 11:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. erotic massage london

    I think this is a real great article post.Really thank you! Really Great.

    https://www.secrettantric.com/

    March 21, 2021 at 17:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. sexy lingerie set women

    w88This allows kids to notice ideas that tush be helpful in subsequently days victimization their highly-creative imagination.

    http://www.w88casino.net/w88/

    March 22, 2021 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Window Washing Service Lower Highlands, Denver, CO

    A great read. I'll definitely be back.

    https://lifestyle.xtra1063.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 00:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Best Window Washing Service Near Me Cheesman Park, Denver, CO

    Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite great article.

    https://lifestyle.rewind1019.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 01:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Window Cleaning Service Curtis Park, Denver, CO

    This is a very interesting article. Please, share more like this!

    https://lifestyle.countrylegends1059.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 25, 2021 at 01:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Window Cleaning Service Five Points, Denver, CO

    very interesting , good job and thanks for sharing such a good blog.

    https://northeast.newschannelnebraska.com/story/43461794/signature-window-washing-company-celebrates-6-years-in-business

    March 26, 2021 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. best restaurant Orlando

    Thanks for wonderful information I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

    https://italianrestaurantinorlando.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/what-makes-good-italian-food-and-a-great-italian-restaurant/

    March 26, 2021 at 01:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Italian Orlando

    This is a very interesting article. Please, share more like this!

    https://italianrestaurantorlando.tumblr.com/post/646006119207239680/what-should-you-consider-when-choosing-an-italian

    March 26, 2021 at 02:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. best independent Italian spot

    nice information for a new blogger. it is really helpful

    https://christinisristoranteitaliano.blogspot.com/2021/03/reasons-why-italian-restaurants-can-be.html

    March 26, 2021 at 07:42 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Leave a Reply to Darin Kuzia


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.