What is soda water?

It is carbonate water, sometimes referred to as “sparkling water”, and is plain ole’ water which carbon dioxide gas has been added. It is the principal part of most “soft drinks”. This process of carbonation forms carbonic acid which is soda pop.

Soda water, sometimes called club soda, was produced in the past in the home by using a seltzer bottle filled with water and then “charged” with carbon dioxide. Club soda may be the same as plain carbonate water but it can have a small amount of table salts, and sodium trace minerals. These additives make the slight taste of salt home made soda water. The process also occurs naturally in some areas and produce carbonate mineral water.

Sparkling mineral water sometimes causes 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 low it suggests that carbonation of drinks may not be a factor in causing dental decay.

Water that comes from the ground – usually from artesian wells – and filtered among layers of minerals containing some form of carbonates may absorb the carbon dioxide gas released by the carbonates. This water is known as natural sparkling water. If the water also picks up enough different minerals to add a flavor to the water it becomes sparkling mineral water.

Basically, soda water is just water and carbon dioxide. Sparkling mineral water is a carbonation which is naturally-occurring. In 1794, a jeweler made a device to produce a carbonate artificial mineral water.

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

For consumers who believe seltzer to be a bit harsh, club soda has a gentle fizz. As part of the tasting test, it was found that club soda seemed to be milder and a little sweeter tasting than standard carbonate water.

Club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer and carbonate water have no calories, which make them a dieter’s choice over soda pop and tonic water.

Tonic water is a carbonate drink containing water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine. Quinine was originately added to tonic water 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.