As a regular Sodastream user, I’m a little curious as to whether or not sodastream can give you diarrhea.
I did a little research and here’s what I found.
If you suspect you have diarrhea because of Sodastream, it’s very unlikely that it was the culprit.
Certain types of nutrients cause diarrhea as well as bacteria and viruses.
So, below I’ll explain what kinds of foods give you diarrhea, and more details about the scientific studies that looked into the effects of soda on bowel function.
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Can carbonated drinks give you diarrhea?
The causes of diarrhea, according to the US National Library of Medicine are:
- Prescription medicine such as antibiotics, antacids, and cancer drugs.
- Intolerance to certain foods, such as dairy, or gluten
- The flu, norovirus, or rotavirus
- Varied diseases
- Unhealthy gut health, for example, irritable bowel syndrome
- Bacteria in contaminated food or water
Based on this information it is possible for you to have an intolerance for some ingredients in a certain Sodastream flavor.
Or, you might be intolerant of the CO2 gas in carbonated drinks.
A good idea is to try a different soda and see if it’s a particular Sodastream flavor that is causing the issue.
When experiencing diarrhea it’s difficult to know exactly what caused it.
You can hazard a guess, and curse it, but another more reliable way is to use the process of elimination on certain types of foods.
This involves removing a particular food from your diet.
For example, rice and bread, or dairy products. And then monitoring the results.
Oftentimes, you can forget exactly how you felt, so it’s helpful to keep a diary each day about how you felt, and whether or not you had diarrhea.
Doing that will help you to make an educated guess about what could be causing it.
And whether or not it’s caused by Sodastream or other carbonated drinks…
Another good way to see what’s causing it is to see a doctor.
Foods that cause diarrhea
A doctor at the Harvard Medical School has explained that the following foods can give you diarrhea:
- Fructose, artificial sweeteners, lactose
- Fried or fatty foods
- Spicy foods
Of these sugar, fructose, artificial sweeteners, lactose, and caffeine are typically in Sodastream, and carbonated drinks.
For most people, carbonated drinks don’t cause an issue but nonetheless, they can be responsible for diarrhea.
So avoiding Sodastream, and carbonated drinks for some time is a good idea to see if they’re what’s causing it..
Can mineral water cause stomach upset?
I haven’t been able to find an exhaustive list of all foods that produce a large amount of foam when mixed with soda.
However, most people can eat almost anything and drink soda with it.
As evidenced by soda being so popular as a drink with a meal.
Soda’s and mineral water are both carbonated – the extra CO2 that has been added to it, to make it fizzy.
But, soda normally contains a lot of sugar, which is known to cause stomach cramps and diarrhea.
Therefore, the only way you could get an upset stomach from mineral water, is if you drink too much of it at a time, or mix it with food that produces a bit of foam, such as mentos, or ice cream.
Alternatively, you might have an intolerance to some of the ingredients in the mineral water.
By in large carbonated drinks such as mineral water, also known as seltzer, sparkling water, and club soda are NOT known for causing an upset stomach.
Interestingly mineral water has been shown in a scientific study to help with constipation.
And was shown to have more of an effect at alleviating it’s symptoms than drinking standard tap water.
Constipation, however, is a sign that something in your diet is off.
And drinking soda water should be a temporary fix until you identify the root cause of your constipation.
Is Sprite good for diarrhea?
There are, however, many different causes of diarrhea, and Sprite does not necessarily cure your diarrhea.
It’s only good to drink because it rehydrates your body. Other sodas also may contain caffeine, such as energy drinks, and Coca Cola.
Caffeine has been known to cause diarrhea.
So, you should avoid other sodas that have caffeine when you have diarrhea or think you might get it…
Soda’s that have no caffeine are:
- Sparkling water also known as club soda, seltzer, and mineral water
- Ginger ale
- Caffeine-free Coca Cola
- Creaming soda
- Fruit flavored sodas such as La Croix
But, it’s a good idea to check the label to see whether it has caffeine or not because there are many different brands of soda.
And some that previously didn’t contain caffeine now have added caffeine.
Sprite has been rumoured to induce vomiting when combined with bananas – in what is known as a banana Sprite challenge.
I wrote an entire article about what that challenge is and whether eating bananas with soda makes you vomit.
Why does soda give me diarrhea?
Switching to sodas that don’t contain any sugar and caffeine can help with the problem.
Diarrhea is your body’s way of getting rid of toxins from your body as soon as possible.
According to UPMC, one of the leading hospitals in Philadelphia, diarrhea is a way for your body to clear out bacteria and viruses from your intestinal system.
And happens to most people every now and then.
Sodastream can give you diarrhea if you were to overdo it, which can be said for many drinks, however, based on scientific study, Sodastream is not a factor that causes diarrhea on its own.
Soda can contain caffeine, and sugar which can both cause diarrhea.
But, overall, only a tiny percentage of people will get diarrhea from drinking soda, or Sodastream.
They do have a milk laxative effect, and explained in studies that showed that carbonated drinks have been shown to help people with constipation.
The most common ways of getting diarrhea are sugar, dairy, fructose, artificial sweeteners, lactose, gluten, fried or fatty foods, spicy foods, and caffeine.