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Is Perrier Water Naturally Carbonated?

Is Perrier Water Naturally Carbonated

I’ve been focusing so much on sodas lately and it got me thinking about alternative carbonated beverages and when I came across Perrier, I wondered whether the water is naturally carbonated.

So, is Perrier water naturally carbonated? Perrier water is carbonated after it has been transported from its source, according to the official Perrier website.

It’s carbonated using CO2 gas.

Some springs can produce naturally carbonated water as a result of volcanic activity. 

Although, the spring where Perrier sources their water is naturally carbonated.

Perrier collects the CO2 gas and the water separately and then recombines them when they bottle it. 

There’s a range of differences between the different kinds of sparkling water, so below I’ll explain what they are, how they differ, and also some interesting facts about Perrier and other sparkling water.

Is Perrier water naturally sparkling?

Is Perrier water naturally sparkling

The spring where Perrier source their carbonated water from is naturally sparkling.

However, Perrier collects the water and the CO2 gas separately during collection.

When they bottle it, they add CO2 gas to it, to make it fizzy.

It’s technically not sparkling, and this news article from 1990 showed that Perrier changed the wording on their label based on a request from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Their label used to say ‘naturally sparkling’.

Now, it says ‘sparkling natural water’.

As you may be aware, sparkling water, soda water, mineral water, club soda, tonic water, fizzy water, water with gas, and seltzer are all names for the same thing – carbonated water.

I’ll explain the differences further below.

What are the benefits of drinking Perrier water?

What are the benefits of drinking Perrier water

According to data provided by the USDA, Perrier contains no nutrients other than 17 mg of calcium per 100 mL (3.4 fl oz).

In the opinion of the Harvard Medical School, this is about 0.5% of your recommended daily calcium intake.

Other than that, it provides the same health benefits as water.

There have been some concerns raised about carbonated water being bad for your bones, and also being bad for your teeth.

But, it has been shown to harm your bones according to the Harvard Medical School

For the study, they compared nutrient levels in people’s bodies after 2 months of drinking 1 liter (1 quart) of soda water a day.

And compared that to the levels of people who didn’t drink any soda water.

And they found no significant difference.

Regarding Perrier or other carbonated water is bad for your teeth.

In 2018, the American Dental Association has advised that carbonated water is not bad for your teeth in any way.

Some people have found that carbonated water can help with an upset stomach.

However, this is unique to each individual person and isn’t a claim to fame of carbonated water. 

Carbonated water can be said to be more interesting to drink than regular water, but most people would agree that it’s harder to drink because it’s fizzy.

Which sparkling water is naturally carbonated?

Which sparkling water is naturally carbonated

Sparkling water can be naturally carbonated, and the term sparkling water generally means water that is naturally carbonated.

However, the term is used interchangeably, and water that is labeled as ‘sparkling water’ can be water that is carbonated after it’s collected.

The differences between the different kinds of carbonated water are explained below:


Seltzer is standard water that has been carbonated.

It’s doesn’t necessarily come from a spring unless they say on the bottle.

Sparkling Water

Sparkling water is water that has been sourced straight from a natural spring.

If there is volcanic activity nearby the spring, it can cause the water to be naturally carbonated.

Sparkling water is another name for mineral water – water from a spring – that is carbonated. 

However, it’s a loose term and mineral water that has been carbonated after it has been collected can be called sparkling water too.

Club Soda

Club soda is carbonated water that has different ingredients added.

Common ingredients that are added are: 

  • Sodium chloride
  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • Disodium phosphate
  • Potassium sulfate

These give club soda a slightly saltier, and fizzier taste compared to the other carbonated waters.

Tonic Water

Tonic water is carbonated water with added quinine.

Quinine is thought to have positive health effects, according to this study.

And is an antimalarial – used to treat malaria and related diseases in the opinion of

As you may be aware tonic water is a very popular mixer in alcoholic drinks.

Is there quinine in Perrier water?

Is there quinine in Perrier water

There is no quinine in Perrier water, according to data provided by the USDA.

Perrier is collected from a natural spring, and then it is carbonated. Most carbonated water does not contain quinine or any nutrients at all.

But, tonic water is traditionally made with quinine.

In these details provided by, Quinine was used as a treatment for malaria but currently is not considered to prevent malaria. 

It’s typically taken orally in capsule form multiple times a day for treatment.

Does Perrier count as water?

Does Perrier count as water

Perrier contains about 0.22% carbonic acid per 100 mL (3.4 fl. oz) which comes from the CO2 gas that is used to carbonate it, in the opinion of the Chemistry Industry for Teachers in European schools.

Which is equivalent to 0.5% of a teaspoon of carbonic acid per 100 mL.

This is a very tiny amount, and as yet there are known negative effects of drinking carbonated water.

Therefore, Perrier can count as water, much like herbal tea, or water with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

The way I reached 0.5% of a teaspoon is using the below calculation.

0.22% carbonic acid per 100mL = 0.02g of carbonic acid per 100mL

4 g of carbonic acid = 1 teaspoon

0.02g divided by 4g = 0.5%

Therefore the amount of carbonic acid in 100 mL of Perrier or other carbonated water is 0.5% of a teaspoon.

Is San Pellegrino water naturally carbonated?

Is San Pellegrino water naturally carbonated

San Pellegrino is carbonated after it is collected according to the official San Pellegrino website.

It is sourced from a region known as Val Brembana in the very North of Italy, close to the border with Switzerland.

The water travels for 30 years underground before it arrives at the surface.

According to a popular mineral water brand Gerolsteiner water that’s naturally carbonated occurs close by areas that had strong volcanic activity in the past. 

And even though it’s carbonated, the CO2 gas is removed and added again during bottling. 

This makes it possible to produce different levels of fizz and to make all of the bottles have the same level of fizz.

That way customers will always get the same sparkling water each time.

The carbonic acid in sparkling water gives it a slightly bitter taste, compared to regular water as I explained in Why Does Sparkling Water Taste Bitter? article. 

And you may be wondering how healthy San Pellegrino is, for the full details see here; Is San Pellegrino Healthy? to read how healthy it is based on my research.


Perrier is naturally carbonated, however, the CO2 gas is removed from the water and then added again during bottling.

Therefore, it’s not technically naturally carbonated. 

Drinking carbonated water such as Perrier is almost exactly the same as drinking water because carbonated water contains next to no nutrients, other than a small amount of calcium and carbonic acid.

There are different kinds of carbonated water such as tonic water, sparkling water, and seltzer.

Perrier water is considered sparkling water.

Most tonic waters contain added quinine, and Perrier does not contain any added quinine. 

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