Drinking carbonated water is a popular thirst quencher, but we often hear that it could be unhealthy. But what is the real truth behind this assumption?
Carbonated water does contain carbon dioxide, but only a small amount. Most of the CO2 is in the form of dissolved gas.
Nonetheless, there are concerns about the effects on the body’s acid-base balance, tooth enamel, and weight.
Severe acidosis in the body can lead to hair loss, brittle nails and aching joints. Dentists warn that carbonated drinks can lead to erosion in children and teenagers.
Scientists have found that drinking sparkling water can make you fat, as it promotes the production of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin.
Despite this, there is no precise information on how much carbonation is harmful, and the amounts found in sparkling water are minimal.
It is recommended to keep consumption in moderation and also to reach for still water from time to time, reports Bild der Frau.
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