What are the various types of carbonated water and how do they differ?

Have you noticed the number of different brands and varieties of carbonated waters in the grocery stores lately?  It’s no secret carbonated water has gained in popularity over the last couple of years and it’s not slowing down.

But have you ever asked yourself, is there a difference between club soda, sparkling water, tonic water, and seltzer? And, is it healthy?

Here are the main differences:

Club Soda – artificially infused with carbon and natural minerals (zero calories and added minerals including sodium, calcium, zinc, copper, and magnesium).

Seltzer – artificially infused with carbon without any minerals (zero calories and zero minerals).

Sparkling mineral water – on the other hand is naturally carbonated from a spring or a well (zero calories and naturally occurring minerals including sodium, calcium, magnesium).

Tonic water – is artificially infused with carbon but it contains quinine and added sugar (quinine comes from the cinchona trees which contains calories, carbs, and sugar).

The first three carbonated drinks are a good source to stay hydrated but remember that Seltzer is the only one with zero added minerals and zero calories.



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