Soda water is a refreshing drink and works well as a mixer for making your own sodas and for alcoholic drinks. But, is it sugar free?
Some people develop diabetes or need to monitor their blood sugar and wonder whether drinking soda water will add to their daily sugar intake.
This article will explain everything about the sugar content in soda water.
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Is soda water OK for diabetics?
Having diabetes means you need to be careful what you eat and drink otherwise your blood sugar can get too high or too low.
But, is soda water OK for diabetics? Here’s the long and short of it.
Therefore, you can replace water, tea, coffee, soda, or juice in your diet with soda water.
However, you may have lower blood sugar than normal.
Because there’s generally a good amount of sugar in juice, and soda.
And coffee or tea without sugar doesn’t taste as good to some folks.
Most nutritionists recommend around 8 glasses of water a day to keep a healthy body.
However, the amount of water you should drink goes up if you weigh a lot, and down if you’re really skinny.
According to WebMD.com, drinking other liquids like tea, coffee, and juice count towards your recommended intake of water.
Which is 3.7 liters (125 fluid oz) for men and 2.7 liters (68 fluid oz) for women.
Because soda water doesn’t contain any sugar and is just water and CO2 gas, it’s fine for diabetics to drink.
And it also adds to your recommended daily water intake.
Does soda water increase blood sugar?
If you consume a lot of sugar you may experience what’s called a sugar crash, where your blood sugar levels go down quickly, and you feel tired and irritable.
But, does this happen when you drink soda water?
It tastes bland and like regular water because virtually all soda waters are made with only 2 ingredients, water, and carbon dioxide gas.
You can also carbonate your own water at home using either a soda syphon or a Sodastream.
In addition to buying soda water at a store.
As you may know, there are many different names for carbonated water. These are:
If you’re interested in the differences between them you can read about it here in this, Why Does Sparkling Water Taste Bitter? article.
Does soda water have sugar?
Sodas in general have some kind of sweetener in them, and gives them a really nice taste.
But, does soda water have sugar in it?
The water in soda water can be ordinary tap water or it can be spring water.
The popular brand Perrier is made from water from a natural spring.
What’s interesting about some natural springs is that they can be naturally fizzy.
This occurs in regions where there is volcanic activity underneath the spring.
Perrier interestingly removes the carbon dioxide gas from the naturally fizzy water, and then adds it again.
They don’t say exactly why they do this but in my opinion, it’s to make sure all of the sparkling water has the same level of fizziness.
Naturally occurring soda water sometimes called sparkling water also doesn’t contain any sugar.
Which is healthier soda water or sparkling water?
There are a few different names for the soda water we all know and love.
One of which is sparkling water. However, which is better for you: soda water or sparkling water?
The CO2 gas in soda naturally escapes when it is open to the air, and once all of the CO2 gas has bubbled to the surface and escaped to the air the water won’t be fizzy anymore.
It won’t taste exactly like water though.
When CO2 gas dissolves in the water (H2O) it creates carbonic acid.
Carbonic acid is a weak acid and is about the same strength as citric acid that’s found in oranges, lemons, and limes.
The carbonic acid can’t leave the soda as the CO2 can so the water will keep its slightly bitter taste even once it’s gone flat.
Is sparkling water sugar free?
Sparkling water is a refreshing carbonated drink, and great to mix with other flavors.
Or, on its own as an interesting change from drinking regular water.
Is sparkling water sugar free like soda water? Here’s what you need to know…
And therefore sparkling water means the same thing as soda water, seltzer, tonic water, club soda, and carbonated water.
All of which are completely sugar free, unless they say it on the bottle.
If you buy standard soda water, sparkling water, seltzer, or tonic water at a supermarket, bar, or convenience store it will always be sugar-free.
There are some brands of flavored sparkling waters, but these are always labeled.
One well-known brand that comes to mind is H2go who makes both flavored water and flavored sparkling water.
What sodas have the most sugar?
Fizzy drinks are sometimes more refreshing than juice or water, but they are sweetened.
Which sodas contain the most sugar? Here’s what they are
It’s generally fine to drink around half a cup to 1 cup of soda per day and still be within the daily sugar intake recommendation.
Based on the research I have done it’s still unclear whether sugar from natural sources like fruits is the same as table sugar.
Table sugar is standard white or brown sugar that you’ll have around your home and is made from sugar cane or sugar beets.
Both are plants that are juiced.
The juice is then boiled off to produce sugar.
Other sweeteners are also very popular such as high fructose corn syrup, stevia and sucralose.
In my opinion, stevia or honey are the best alternatives to sugar because they aren’t as chemically processed as corn syrup.