Seltzer is better than Soda. But, are there any negatives?
March 17, 2008 5:10 PM Subscribe
I drink A LOT of seltzer. I have heard about "carbonic acid". Should I be concerned? Are there any other negatives to high carbonation in a diet?
posted by Ryaske to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
At work we are given unlimited amounts of bottled Poland spring water .. so I drink 3-5 bottles per day of it , occasionally flavored with crystal light energy w/ caffeine (sugar free) for a productive buzz. I drink nothing else at all during the day.
After work at home, I drink nothing but Seltzer. The only ingredients in my (generic store brand) seltzer is Carbonated water and natural flavor. No sugar, no sodium, no calories at all. I can easily drink 2 liters in a night.
I know for sure that the water/seltzer habit is great for my health (and kidneys). But I do have a tiny bit of concern (more just curiosity) about any possible negatives regarding a lot f carbonation in a diet. For example, I've heard that a week "carbonic acid" is formed within carbonated drinks. When I'm working out or other strenuous activity ... I find seltzer can actually make me more thirsty, so I usually only drink water at that point.
So, how bad could that carbonic acid be for me? I know its better then soda for sure , but are there [b]any[/b] negatives to seltzer?
Is the extra gas [buuurp. Excuse me] at all harmful for my digestive system and/or esophagus?
Am I exaggerating by showing any concern at all?
I will likely continue with my water / seltzer diet since I enjoy it so much. But, dazzle me with your knowledge and insight AskMeFi!