I’ve been digging into different kinds of sparkling water on the market and wondered whether San Pellegrino water from Nestle would be a healthy choice.
I found some interesting results.
That said, San Pellegrino has no other nutrients to speak of.
And this appears to be the case with other soda waters as well.
But, do the benefits of San Pellegrino apply to other soda waters? Read on, to discover these answers to these questions and more.
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Is San Pellegrino high in sugar?
As you may be aware, more calories in your diet mean that you can put on weight.
So, the fact that standard San Pellegrino has no calories means you can drink as much as you want of it without risking putting on weight.
San Pellegrino is a type of sparkling water, which is also called soda water, seltzer, club soda, and mineral water.
These are all names for the same thing. These kinds of drinks are made of carbonating water.
This is done by adding CO2 gas to the water.
You may have noticed that soda water is slightly bitter and sour tasting compared to regular water.
This is because adding CO2 to water produces some carbonic acid.
Which is an acid that is similar in strength to the acid found in lemons and limes.
The chemical formula is H2O (Water) + CO2 (Gas) = H2CO3 (Carbonic Acid) and bubbles.
When this happens no sugar is added to the mixture. So, Pellegrino doesn’t contain any.
Does sparkling water count as water?
Some people may find that because of the bitter taste that soda water is harder to drink.
Carbonated beverages in general can tingle the mouth, lips, and throat in a way that makes drinking a lot of it difficult.
So, be aware that having a bottle of water nearby rather than a bottle of carbonated soda will mean that you might not drink as much water.
However, this can easily be avoided by monitoring your water intake.
Other health concerns about soda water – bad for your bones?
In the opinion of Harvard Medical School there is a debate from time to time about whether sparkling water affects your bones.
And some have claimed that it can leach calcium from your bones.
However, Harvard Medical School showed a study that was conducted where participants drunk 1 liter (1 quart) of soda water a day.
The other group of participants was given 1 liter (1 quart) of regular water.
The study lasted for two months, then blood and urine samples were taken.
And they found that there was no identifiable change in their bones.
Whether the person drinks regular water or soda water.
Is San Pellegrino bad for your teeth?
Although, San Pellegrino is famous for its mineral water.
There is a range of San Pellegrino products, and some contain additives.
This means you should check the individual label to see its nutritional information.
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center the WORST foods for your teeth are:
- Sticky candies and sweets
- Starchy foods – bread and chips
- Carbonated soft drinks – except soda water
As you can see soda water didn’t make the list.
And the BEST foods for your teeth are:
- Fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber – a full list is provided by Healthline.com here.
- Dairy products – Milk, cheese, yogurt
- Herbal tea
- Sugar-free chewing gum
What happens if you drink too much soda water?
Many people get gas when they drink a lot of soda.
And can burp a lot. In the opinion of Livestrong.com, it’s unclear whether people get gas because they swallowed lots of air or if it’s from the CO2 gas.
San Pellegrino has about 1% of your recommended sodium intake for every 16 fl. oz. (500 mL) you drink.
And most people’s recommended water intake is around 8 glasses of water a day which is roughly 64 fl. oz. (2.5 liters).
At this amount, you would only consume 5% of your recommended sodium intake if you drunk soda water instead of regular water.
And you ‘technically’ can’t drink too much of it.
Because if you drink too much of it will start to vomit.
And it won’t get into your body.
Is Pellegrino safe to drink?
In those articles, they claim that from time to time a health concerns are raised regarding drinking soda water.
However, in my opinion, Pellegrino and any type of soda water are fine to drink based on the recommendation of Healthline.com.
They have a team of over 6 qualified Doctors, and if there were any unanswered concerns about it, I’m sure they would have informed everyone.
San Pellegrino like other soda waters contains no calories, and you can totally replace drinking water with San Pellegrino.
Most people, however, find the taste quite strong and prefer to mix it with fruit juice, to soften the bitterness.
It also makes for a really healthy mixer for alcoholic drinks.
Soda whether it’s diet or regular has long been associated with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.
In some studies, they found that by drinking 1 soda a day, you increase your risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes is 67%.
As I talked about in Is 1 soda a day bad for you? article.
Although there are health concerns with drinking sweetened and flavored sodas, many people still drink them.
Soda water’s such as San Pellegrino can provide a healthy alternative, that people can drink to replace their usual soda drinking.
San Pellegrino is healthy, and like other soda waters, you can consume it instead of water.
Soda waters contain a little bit of acid, similar to that found in lemons and limes.
And there have been some concerns that it’s bad for your teeth.
However, the American Dental Association has said that soda waters are perfectly fine for your teeth.
Many people love sodas, but they have been proven to be bad for you, and soda water can be helpful in providing a replacement.
And make an interesting water substitute.