Soda water, or carbonated water, is plain water to which carbon dioxide (carbonic acid) gas has been added; it is also referred to as sparkling water. It is the primary component of most “soft drinks.”. The process of carbonation results in soda pop — that is, carbonic acid.
By using a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charged” with carbon dioxide, soda water (club soda) was produced in the past in the home. Club soda may be the same as plain old carbonated water; but it can have a small amount of table salts and sodium trace minerals. Such additives make the taste of home made soda water slightly salty. This process, occuring naturally in some areas, produces carbonated mineral water.
It is thought that sparkling mineral water may sometimes cause a little dental decay. While the potential problem of sparkling water is greater than still water the problem remains low. Regular soft drinks cause tooth decay at a rate much higher than sparkling water. The rate is so surprisingly low, carbonated 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. This produces natural sparkling water. If the water also picks up enough different minerals to become flavored, it becomes sparkling mineral water.
Soda water is basically just water and carbon dioxide. Carbonation produces naturally-occuring substances, such as sparkling mineral water. In 1794, a jeweler made a device to produce a carbonate artificial mineral water.
Perrier, a sparkling natural mineral water, was judged to keep its fizz the longest in a taste test of several carbonated drinks;.
Consumers feeling seltzer to be a bit harsh will find club soda to have a more gentle fizz. 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 zero calories, making them a dieter’s choice over soda pop and tonic water.
Tonic water is a carbonated drink produced by mixing water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine. Quinine’s first use in tonic water was medicinal — as an additive to help cure or prevent malaria. Today it is commonly mixed with gin and lemon or lime for a popular alcoholic drink.
Soda water? These simple facts show us it’s not so complicated after all.