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.
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?
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?
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?
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 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.
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 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 Drugs.com.
As you may be aware tonic water is a very popular mixer in alcoholic drinks.
Is there quinine in Perrier water?
In these details provided by Drugs.com, 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?
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?
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.
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.