Today we would like to debunk one of the many urban legends tied to the water that we drink. Firstly, we can assure you, it is not true that sparkling water is bad for you or that it causes bloating. In fact, “there are no scientific studies that have proven any negative effects in carbonated water: it has the same properties as natural water, only with the addition of carbon dioxide.”
The differences depend, if anything, on the spring the water is coming from, which could be more or less rich in minerals determining a more delicate and lighter taste or a harder taste. The choice in consuming one or the other is simply a matter of taste and habits.
There are several scientifically proven benefits of “bubbly” water. According to the Higher Council for Scientific Research of Madrid, in fact, a liter of sparkling water a day helps to significantly lower blood cholesterol levels (-15% of LDL “bad” cholesterol). Furthermore, as several scientific studies conducted by the University of Naples Federico II confirm, if drunk on an empty stomach, sparkling water helps with gastric acid and helps you to feel full, improving digestion: thanks to the presence of bubbles, it tends to stimulate the taste buds, therefore provoking a greater sense of freshness. It is similar to drinking soda at the end of a meal, without the sugar content.
It even has an energizing function: instead of having a coffee, a glass of sparkling water helps to contrast the sense of fatigue. Whether still or sparkling, what is most important to a healthy organism is drinking at least a liter and a half of water a day.