Soda Water Explained

When carbon dioxide gas has been added to water, it is said to be carbonated; soda water is carbonated water, and sometimes referred to as sparkling water. It is the predominant ingredient 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 old carbonated 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. This process — naturally occuring in some areas — produces carbonated mineral water.

Some believe that sparkling mineral water may sometimes cause a little dental decay. Normal water poses less potential dental problems than sparkling water, but the difference does not present a major problem. Regular soft drinks cause tooth decay at a rate much higher than sparkling water. The rate is so low that carbonated drinks may be a much smaller factor in dental decay than commonly believed.

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 produced by those carbonates. This kind of water is known as natural sparkling water. If, during filtration, the water picks up enough different minerals to add a flavor to the water, it becomes sparkling mineral water.

There’s no mystery about soda water — it’s just water and carbon dioxide. Sparkling mineral water seems very special, but it is just a natural product of carbonation. A jeweler, in 1794, made a device to produce an artificial carbonated mineral water.

A taste test of several popular carbonated drinks determined that Perrier (a sparkling natural mineral water) had the longest-lasting fizz.

For consumers who believe seltzer to be a bit harsh, club soda offers an alternative, with a 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.

If you are counting calories, be aware that club soda, sparkling mineral water, seltzer, and carbonated water have none; they are a great dieter’s choice over soda pop and tonic water.

If one mixes water, sugar, carbon dioxide and quinine, the carbonated result is called tonic water. Originally, to help cure or prevent malaria, quinine was added to tonic water. Mixing it with gin and lemon or lime creates a popular contemporary alcoholic drink.

These are a few of the simple facts that help us understand soda water.