A couple of weeks ago, a PWN reader asked me about seltzer water. Is it okay to drink this on a regular basis? Does it have the same hydration qualities as regular water? Since many of us like to drink seltzer water, I decided to do a quick post on it.
Seltzer water is simply carbonated water. The regular, unflavored stuff has nothing else added to it. The carbonation is purely for taste and has no impact on the hydrating qualities of the water. So, plain seltzer water is a fine choice if you prefer it to regular water occasionally! The carbonation can make some people gassy, which is something to be aware of.
There may be some confusion, however, between all the different “waters” out there. Mineral water, club soda, tonic water and seltzer water are all different from one another. Mineral water has added minerals and is also carbonated. This can actually be beneficial for people with mineral deficiencies. Someone may have a mineral deficiency if they are not eating enough mineral-containing whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, seafoods and meats; or, they may be eating the right foods but not absorbing the minerals for whatever reason. Club soda or sparkling water tends to have added sodium. And tonic water is typically sweetened, which is something to watch out for.
There are also seltzer waters that are flavored. Beware of artificial flavors or sugars in your seltzer water, as they are not great for overall health and balance. Adding seltzer water to some freshly squeezed juice or 100% fruit juice can be a refreshing beverage. I know a 2-year old who loves a “spritzer” every once in a while!