One of the biggest marketing schemes today involves drinking water, which includes bottled water and more. Remember when if we wanted a drink of water, we just turned on the tap? Why has water become such big business? Not only has water become big business, so have the containers people drink from. It’s unbelievable.
As for me personally, in the past few years, I’ve become a fan of carbonated water, also known as sparkling water, bubbly water, or seltzer water. So, what’s the deal? Is carbonated water good for you or not?
I dare say it’s better for you than any soda/cola, fruit drink, sports drink, et al, whether carbonated, sugared, or sugar-free.
As with so many other phenomena in the food and nutrition realm, although technically, water can’t really be considered food or nutritional, the real issue has little, if anything to do with carbonation.
Huh, Then What Is Real Issue?
The thing that’s most important about water is its PH level. A PH level of 7 is the level where water is considered neutral ,not acidic. The farther below 7 the PH level, the higher the acidity of the water.
High acidity, regardless of if it’s from water or elsewhere is not good and is toxic to our bodies.
Most anything we consume, following digestion, either becomes alkaline or acidic. Alakaline is what we want, not acid.
Having said that, one would think that the higher the PH level, the better, right? One thing is for sure, those who market water certainly want us to think that. Consequently, water with high PH levels are marketed as healthy and of course the cost is ridiculously high.
Is it really any better or healthier? I can’t say it is or isn’t but I will say I doubt it.
Ok Then, What About Carbonation?
Carbonation per se is not harmful to our bodies. The real issue with carbonation is what is being carbonated.
Carbonated drinks that are full of sugar are definitely not good for us. It’s not the carbonation. It’s the sugar that’s the problem.
When it comes to carbonated water, again, the real issue is about its PH level. Cabonated water that is highly acidic (low PH level) is not good. If the water has a PH level of 7 or higher, the carbonation will have no effect because the water is neutral.
On the other hand, water being the big business it has become, what’s very popular nowadays is flavored water that has been flavored with “natural” flavoring.
Please excuse the pun but that only muddies the water. Who knows what’s really in the “natural” flavoring?
If you want flavored water, I suggest flavoring it yourself with squeezed fruit of your choice (lemon, lime, orange, cherry, etc.)
So, Why Do I Prefer Carbonated Water?
If you’ve ever read or heard of the book by Dr. Peter J.D’Adamo, “Eat Right 4 Your Type”, a book I highly recommend and read several years ago, it breaks down all food and fluids into categories based on a person’s blood type.
- Highly beneficial
The author explains that a person’s blood type determines what is healthy for that person and what is not. The book itemizes foods by category as well as makes recipe suggestions by blood type.
He also claims that what is good for one blood type may not be good for another.
He says that highly beneficial foods have a medicinal effect on our bodies, neutral food is simply food and not necessariy medicinal, and that foods that are in the avoid category should be avoided because they are harmful/unhealthy for us.
I have found what he says to be true in my case. My blood type is O positive.
He says that seltzer water is highly beneficial for my blood type.
True Seltzer water is naturally carbonated. However, carbonation can also be added to regular water.
Since I don’t drink soda and haven’t for many years, carbonated water is my substitute for soda. I only buy and drink the unflavored variety and have come to truly love it.
How Do We Know What The PH Level is in Water?
If you’ve looked at the water aisle in most grocery stores lately you’ll notice there is a lot of space allocated to bottled water.
In general, the most expensive waters are the ones with high PH levels. If there’s a number in the label, especially if it’s a large number, or if the name/brand of the water is number 8, 9, or 10, it’s referring to its PH level. It’s how they justify the exorbitant prce they charge for it.
You can also do a simple Google search and get an extensive listing of the PH level of most brands of water. If all else fails, you can contact the manufacturer/bottler and ask.
However, in general, unless otherwise specifically stated on the bottle, the PH level in most water is somewhere between 6-7. The closer to 7, the more expensive, especially if it’s well-known brand.
I have found Trader Joe’s brand and Crystal Geyser to be the most reasonably priced carbonated waters, although neither are at or above 7, but are close, in the 6.0-6.85 range. I also like Arrowhead, although it’s usually a little more expensive unless it’s on sale. It also has a PH level just under 7, although in the same range the other two.
Depending on where you live, there’s a good chance the PH level in the water coming out of your tap is probably in the 6-8.5 range. Your local water district can tell you what it is.
How Can You Carbonate Your Own Water?
If you’re tired of paying for bottled water, which contributes to pollution by manufacturing the plastic bottles and their disposal, we can get out of our own way and purchase a kit and carbonate your tap water. Not only that, you can carbonate to your preferred level–lightly carbonated, heavily carbonated, or somewhere in between.
Prices for Carbonated Water Makers start at around $80 on Amazon.
In my case, because I drink anywhere from 1-3 40 ounce bottles of water a day, at about 99 cents each, it would take just a few months to pay for itself.
What’s The Final Analysis?
Is carbonated water good for you or not? What’s the deal?
It really depends on you and your blood type. In my case it is. In fact according the book “Eat Right 4 Your Type”, it has a medicinal effect on me because of my blood type.
It’s not to say it is or isn’t good for you. It depends on your blood type.
Furthermore, when it comes to whether or not any water is good for you, the main factor to consider is the PH level of the water.
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