4 Benefits Of Bubbly Beverages

by Tiffany Naticchioni, RDN, LD

Last Updated: January 29, 2021

Carbonation in beverages has been used since the 1700s. It was invented by accident over a vat of beer in London, England, but was not commercialized until the 1800s in Switzerland. This accidental invention has led to the creation of many beverages that contain carbonation, which is simply-water mixed with carbon dioxide gas, creating that fizzy sensation we all know and love. Carbonic acid created during the human-made carbonation process is responsible for the fizz and tingle on your tongue. Carbonation can also occur naturally, as in mineral waters, as carbon dioxide is absorbed from the ground.

Commonly, carbonated beverages contain sweeteners and either a natural or an artificial flavoring for added enjoyment. Some examples of these beverages are cola, seltzer, tonic, soda, sparkling water or juice, mineral water, adult beverages like beer or champagne, etc. So, how do carbonated beverages that do not contain alcohol affect my health? When choosing a bubbly delight, here are a few things to think about:
  1. Hydration is essential for overall health and metabolism. Carbonated beverages that are water-based can be a good way to hydrate and are widely available in serving sizes of 12-20 ounces per can or bottle. They help keep your heart healthy by hydrating your body without adding sugars; added sugars can lead to elevated triglycerides and blood sugar when consumed frequently and in large quantities. Consider switching out a cola or fruit juice containing added sugars for carbonated or seltzer water. See some of our satisfying and thirst-quenching hydration tips by clicking here.
  2. Blood sugar is impacted when we ingest naturally occurring or added sugar in foods and beverages. We recommend women limit their added sugar consumption to 25 grams or less per day, and men limit consumption to 38 grams or less per day. Check your carbonated beverage label under the carbohydrate line and select those with low (less than 7 grams of added sugar) or no added sugars. These include seltzer water made of just water and carbonation, and sparkling mineral waters containing natural minerals and sulfur. Managing blood sugar is important at all ages for preventing Type 2 diabetes, Heart disease and maintaining overall good health. Click here for more information on managing carbohydrate intake for healthy blood sugar numbers.
  3. Bone and dental health can be impacted negatively by beverages containing added sugar because it can erode tooth enamel. This damage does not necessarily happen due to the beverage’s carbonated nature. In fact, studies show carbonated beverages containing no sugar pose no significant threat to tooth enamel. Additionally, there is no substantial evidence that phosphoric acid, which is added to enhance colas’ flavor, harms or causes calcium to be pulled from bones. Likewise, carbonated water has not proved to have a negative impact on bone health either. Since our bodies can regulate the acid within the metabolic process, we shouldn’t be concerned with this negatively impacting bone or teeth health.

    Consider increasing your calcium intake if you are not consuming adequate calcium levels each day, as your bones may be more susceptible to injury or weakness as a result of this alone. Check out this quick read on improving your diet’s calcium intake.
  4. Digestive health can be improved by drinking carbonated water as it stimulates the nerves involved in swallowing. Additionally, it can help increase the feeling of fullness if you’re trying to kick cravings and has also been claimed to reduce constipation.

Check out some of our favorite carbonated beverages with low or no added sugars to help you get and stay hydrated while enjoying the signature bubbly tingle. For help with establishing a healthy hydration regimen, schedule a virtual appointment with a Kroger Health registered dietitian today!

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

Tiffany Naticchioni, RDN, LD

Tiffany Naticchioni, RDN, LD

Tiffany is a compassionate dietitian with experience in nutrition throughout her lifespan along with empowering those with diabetes and heart disease to use food as medicine. A believer in total body wellness, she has a decade of experience as a licensed massage therapist. With a passion for healthy living, she practices hot yoga, enjoys most any fitness activities, stays active in the community, and loves spending time with her family.