The world is obsessed with sparkling water, and Canadians know that.
They know it for its purity and for its nutritional benefits.
But do Canadians really understand its true potential?
Is it worth the money?
That’s the question that is before us, as we take a look at some of the reasons why sparkling water might be a good investment.1.
Its health benefits.
Dr. Jill M. Scott is a health researcher and author of the bestselling book, A Healthier World: The Benefits of Drinking Better, and she recently published an article in the American Journal of Public Health titled, “Can sparkling water really be the gold-standard for water?”
She says the evidence is overwhelming that sparkling water has the potential to be a healthier option than regular water, which contains the same amount of harmful chemicals and bacteria that cause gastrointestinal problems.
She says it can help lower your risk of heart disease, cancer and other conditions.
“There’s a lot of evidence that drinking sparkling water can reduce your risk for diabetes and cancer, and I think that’s going to be very, very important for the general population,” Dr. Scott told CBC News.
“It’s not just for people with diabetes or heart disease.
It’s also for people who are overweight or have certain types of diseases that are common in Canada, such as obesity.”
The benefits are well-documented, and they are just starting to be widely acknowledged, Dr. M.S. Scott said.
She points to research showing that regular water can cause more than 500 different cancers, and says sparkling water could also help prevent the rare condition known as gastric cancer.
“We’ve been told for a long time that drinking water isn’t healthy, and we’re getting increasingly better at understanding that,” she said.
Dr Scott says the science on the health benefits of drinking sparkling is compelling.
The National Institute of Health, for instance, found that sparkling waters may lower the risk of certain cancers.
But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Dr M. S. Scott believes the real health benefit of drinking good sparkling water comes from its nutritional value.
“If you look at the nutritional content of the water itself, it’s about 95 per cent water, 15 per cent minerals, and 3 per cent vitamins,” she explained.
“So when you take the mineral content out of the equation, it really has a very significant nutritional benefit.”
She says it’s no surprise that people would want to buy sparkling water.
“The beauty of the whole idea is that it’s a product that is a really, really, healthy option.
It has a lot to offer, and people want to be able to have a lot more of it,” she added.2.
It doesn’t contain all of the chemicals found in regular tap water.
In a study of over 10,000 people, Dr Scott found that those who drank sparkling water did not suffer from all the toxins found in tap water, such the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), nitrates, salts, chloramines and other contaminants found in conventional tap water and bottled water.
She found that people who drank water with more than 10 per cent of its minerals coming from water with chlorine were less likely to develop chronic disease.
In addition, sparkling water had the highest levels of nitrates in the water, according to Dr. Lisa McArthur, a professor of environmental health at the University of Ottawa.
She says those results are important because they suggest the health benefit is more than just a reduction in pollution.
“In a lot a ways, there’s not a whole lot of research that has looked at the potential health benefits associated with the use of sparkling water,” she told CBC Health.
“And what we’re looking at in this research is that the quality of the mineral water is probably going to have the greatest impact.”3.
Dr Jill M, Scott believes sparkling water tastes better than bottled water, because of its lower concentration of chemicals.
“One of the main reasons that people are drinking sparkling waters is to have better taste in their water,” said Dr. McArthur.
“But if you’ve got a really good taste, it doesn’t mean that your water tastes bad,” she stressed.
“Some people are going to drink the sparkling water because they like it, but they’re not going to get any problems because it’s so concentrated in the tap water.”
Dr. Mc Arthur says the scientific evidence suggests that it is actually beneficial to drink more sparkling water than regular tap.
“You know, it has more of a mineral content than tap water,” Dr McArthur said.
“What we’re seeing in our research is a positive effect of using sparkling water.”
She believes that consumers should be cautious with their purchase of sparkling waters because they could have contaminants in the drinking water that could be harmful to their health.
“A lot of people are just going to want to drink their water, as opposed to going out and buying