Carbonation water is a popular choice for many consumers who are looking for a healthier choice than soda and other sweet drinks. Sales have multiplied in A.S. Over the past five years and carbonated water is now a business of one and a half-billion dollars, according to the latest industrial research from Euromonitor.

But how healthy is that? Despina Hyde, a nutritionist registered at NYU Langone Medical Center, warns that not all carbonated water drinks are the same when it comes to your diet and health. He emphasized the need to read the nutritional label on the bottle.

Natural or artificial sweeteners, he said, are often found in tonic and sparkling waters. Some varieties have added sugar and surprising calories, and even those who have artificial sweeteners may still contribute to weight gain. You can buy the drinks from the top soft drinks distributor of brands like Coca Cola and Pepsi.


"While they still don't have calories or sugar, they might affect our tastes, we are full of hunger later," Hyde said. Even without additional ingredients, Hyde said carbonated water can cause a slight risk for people with irritable bowel syndrome because it can cause bloating. But overall, the seltzer or soda club is a healthier choice than sweet soda. "We drink too many calories and find this alternative great," Hyde said.

One common misconception is that drinking carbonated water prevents the body absorbs calcium, increases the risk of osteoporosis. But experts say this idea is unfounded. The idea came from the 2006 research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which found the relationship between carbonated cola drinks and lower bone mineral densities. But the study did not show the same relationship as carbonated water.