You don’t have to have a can of LaCroix in your hand right now to know that sparkling water is very trendy these days. Seltzers and other bubbly beverages are having a huge moment, but if you want to try one, staring at all the bottles and cans in the aisle at the supermarket can feel overwhelming. So here’s a little cheat sheet so you can try sparkling water and find one you like.
- Seltzer Is Not Club Soda, Which Is Not Tonic Water - Seltzer is just carbonated water that’s made by adding carbon dioxide to flat water. Club soda tastes more minerally and is made with chemical compounds like sodium bicarbonate and potassium sulfate. And tonic water is totally different, it’s got high-fructose corn syrup and quinine in it and it’s slightly bitter.
- Not All Carbonated Waters Are Healthy - Some have artificial sweeteners and flavors, so go for one with only carbonated water and natural flavor on the label.
- It's As Hydrating As Water (We Think) - Experts say drinking the sparkling stuff will keep you as hydrated as regular water, so you can drink guilt-free.
- People Are Obsessed — Like Really Obsessed — With La Croix - This brand is killing the bubbly water game. The pretty pastel cans with amazing flavors like pamplemousse, which is French for grapefruit, are fan favorites.
- Spiking It Is The Latest Trend - Booze companies are paying attention to our sparkling water addiction, so they’re adding alcohol to them to keep us drinking. Brands like White Claw Hard Seltzer and Spiked Seltzer only clock in at about 100 calories a can, and could be your new Summer sipper.
- It's Not (That) Bad For Your Teeth - It’s not as bad as regular soda, but the carbonic acid that brings the bubbles can wear away enamel on your teeth over time. So just make sure to brush or rinse your mouth with water after a can of seltzer.
- You Shouldn't Drink It If You Have IBS - All those bubbles can cause bloating and irritate your system. And the carbonation increases gas in your GI tract, which can leave anyone with cramps and discomfort.
- It Can Come In Handy When Traveling - If you’re someplace where the local water supply is sketchy, brushing your teeth with seltzer is a safe alternative, according to the “New York Times.”