Debunking myths about sparkling water.
It’s time to debunk a few myths about sparkling water. The bottom line is this: drinking lots of water—with or without bubbles—offers a huge amount of health benefits. But when I tell people the work I’ve been doing with Tickle Water, sometimes I get questions about rumors they’ve heard about carbonated water. That sparkling water doesn’t hydrate as well. That it can cause bloating. That it gives you heartburn. That drinking too much of it can decrease bone density. That drinking it strips enamel from teeth.
I thought this would be a good time to address some of them. If you find yourself worrying about any of those rumors, you can rest easy. All the best science points to the fact that none of those myths are true.
When I was on the plane coming back from Natural Products Expo West, a major food and beverage conference in Los Angeles, I got a chance to catch up on some reading. One of the articles I saw was exactly about this issue. It was in the April issue of Women’s Health Magazine, and in the article, “Pop and Circumstance,” the writer, Cathryne Keller, set out to address what she called “rumors that carbonated waters could harm your health.” She went on to say, “we investigated, and the truth is quite refreshing.”
She talked with scientists, dentists, and doctors at major universities, and she found that all of those rumors are simply not true. None of the evidence supports those rumors. What is true is that carbonated drinks are unhealthy—if they come with sugar and acids. It’s nothing about the bubbles that’s unhealthy. There was an even more recent article posted by the New York Post this week, covering the same issue. It’s the sugars and other additives. At Tickle Water, we don’t use anything like that, so drink away!
When I set out to start Tickle Water, it was all based on the conviction that when it comes to healthy drinks for kids, there is nothing better than water. Everyone who has walked inside a grocery store knows that beverage companies load their products with sugar and artificial flavors to attract kids. But as I’ve said before, water is always better than soda or juice. That’s why these rumors are so upsetting.
They mislead people about health. The research is in. Tickle Water is a healthy drink choice for your kids. And those bubbles are all fun.