Imagine you’re out at a restaurant. Social distanced seating, of course. The waiter greets you, introduces themself and asks, “Can I get you some water? Sparkling or still?” We’ve all been in this scenario before. While some people may feel comfortable with either option, others may side strictly with one form of water. What kind of water do you prefer?
To be clear, when I say “sparkling water,” I do not mean seltzer. While similar, seltzer water’s bubbles are a result of artificial carbonation. The carbonation in sparkling water occurs naturally. Seltzers and club sodas are labelled as “soft drinks” by the FDA. Meanwhile, the FDA labels sparkling water as “bottled water” — though many seltzers are still labeled as “sparkling water.” Aside from the major bubble factor, sparkling water is really not that different from still water. Technically.
The taste difference between the two is obviously noticeable. Sparkling water’s fizziness makes it a popular, healthy alternative to soda, but that’s also what makes it detested by some. However, claims that still water has more health benefits than sparkling water are completely false. Both still and sparkling water hydrate equally. Despite the mythic argument, sparkling water does not contribute to either bone or tooth decay — soda does, though. The only thing sparkling water might do that still water does not is make you feel a little bloated or gassy.
Even then, it’s more likely that sparkling water might aid in bettering your digestive health.
So do you get still or sparkling water? Remember though, if a restaurant is offering complimentary “sparkling water,” it’s likely just seltzer. Sparkling water is bottled water, and that’s expensive. Personally, I just ask for tap water. It’s free.
Sparkling or Still Water?