The Basics of Soda Water

Soda water, or carbonated water, is plain water to which carbon dioxide gas has been added; it is also called sparkling water by many people. Most “soft drinks” and “pop” include It as the primary ingredient. The product of carbonation is carbonic acid — familiar to us a soda pop.

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 virtually the same as plain carbonated water; however, a small amount of table salts and/or sodium trace minerals may be present. These additives may make the taste of home made soda water slightly salty. The naturally-occuring process in some areas produces carbonated mineral water.

A little dental decay might sometimes be caused by sparkling mineral water. Potential dental problems with sparkling water are admittedly greater than normal water, but not dramatically so. Drinkers of regular soft drinks risk a higher rate of tooth decay compared to drinking sparkling water. The rate is so low it suggests that carbonation of drinks may, in fact, 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 released by those carbonates. This produces natural sparkling water. In cases of the water picking up enough different minerals to add a flavor to the water, it becomes sparkling mineral water.

Basically, water + carbon dioxide = soda water. Are you familiar with sparkling mineral water? It’s a naturally-occuring product of carbonation. In 1794, a jeweler invented a device to produce an artificial carbonated mineral water.

Several carbonated drinks were subjected to a taste test, and 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 provides a more gentle fizz. In the taste test that was conducted, club soda was judged to be milder, and a little sweeter tasting, than standard carbonated water.

Club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer, and carbonated water are non-caloric, making them a dieter’s choice over soda pop and tonic water.

Mixing water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine produces a carbonated drink called tonic water. Originally, to help cure or prevent malaria, quinine was added to tonic water. Today, to make a well-known alcoholic drink, it is often mixed with gin and lemon or lime.

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