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San Pelligrino; good for you or not

Delucacheesemonger Jul 6, 2009 11:42 AM

l am aware that coke or other soft drinks really do you a lot of damage besides the high-fructose stuff. Mainly due to the carbonic acid, phosphoric acid, and a bunch more acids. My question is whether the carbonation in sparkling water, whether natural or added is in the long run worse for you than non-carbonated water, filtered tap for example.

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 6, 2009 12:24 PM

    the phosphoric acid in soda is more of a concern than carbonic acid...and assuming you're not drinking gallons of the stuff every day, the carbonic acid in mineral water from a safe, trusted source (e.g. Pellegrino, Acqua Panna, Perrier) poses no real health dangers. the biggest concern is actually the sodium content if you need to watch your intake.

    1. Delucacheesemonger RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 6, 2009 01:11 PM

      On checking the bottle of San Pellegrino, has 1% in a 8 oz. serving, thus for a 25 oz. bottle, about 3% of daily allowance of sodium, l can handle that; am aware that Perrier is higher

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 6, 2009 01:42 PM

        well, then...salute!

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          smartie RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 6, 2009 03:55 PM

          anyone know if there is any effect by the bubbles on our teeth?

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: smartie Jul 6, 2009 06:56 PM

            negligible effect, AFAIK.

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            jumpingmonk RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 6, 2009 05:17 PM

            Just stay away from Borjomi and Nabegavi if your watcing sodim intake, they have someting on the order of 13-15% per cup (and each bottle holds about 8-10 cups). there's also a few mineral waters around (Donat, from Croatia comes to mind) which are really high in magnesium salts, so that if you drink a lot of them they can work like the stuff you take before a colonoscopy to clean yourself out (That the point of these waters to clean you out)

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              jumpingmonk RE: jumpingmonk Jul 7, 2009 07:04 AM

              One other I remembered that has a caveat, Souroti (Greece). While this one won't harm you in any way, its carbonation is unsually high (from what I understand back around the 1920's they decide that too much of the natural carbonation got lost whn the bottles were shipped so they started adding artifical carbonation ot to of it) so it can go down harsh.

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            newfoodie RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 8, 2009 07:29 AM

            I just checked on the Poland Springs Sparkling water that I live by and it has no sodium at all. Seems like a good option and they're only $.89 at Trader Joe's.

          4. tatamagouche RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 7, 2009 05:42 AM

            All I can say is, on a broiling summer's day in Italy, nothing goes down more sweetly than dell'acqua gassata/frizzante, per favore.

            Of course Italians swear by its digestive properties and I'm inclined to believe them. Because they're Italians. And I'm an italophile. At least w/r/t all things food and drink. (Politics maybe not so much.)

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              mojoeater RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 7, 2009 10:18 PM

              If you want a very refreshing treat on a hot day, add a chunk of fresh ginger to your mineral water. Lovely.

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                tmso RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 8, 2009 02:01 AM

                There is nothing bad for you about the carbonic, phosphoric or citric acids in soda. You might be concerned with the caffeine and sugar, but as for the rest, what you've probably heard or read in the papers hasn't been shown in properly controlled studies. See for example "Carbonated beverages and urinary calcium excretion" from the Am J Clin Nutr: http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstr.... There have been a lot of poorly designed studies on the topic that were hysterically reported in the US, so it's not surprising that you'd have picked up misconceptions here.

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                  Delucacheesemonger RE: tmso Jul 8, 2009 06:15 AM

                  Thanks for post, while l do not drink soda, you make it seem like other than caffeine and sugar ( Well, high-fructose corn syrup) soda is neutral for you? Had always thought different, that is now cleared up.

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                    tatamagouche RE: tmso Jul 8, 2009 06:51 AM

                    Hmm—really? It doesn't do any damage to your teeth or stomach lining? Let's say you drink an excessive amount, like I do (on average 6-8 diet sodas a day).

                  2. thew RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 8, 2009 07:36 AM

                    club soda has salt
                    seltzer does not

                    now back to your conversation

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                      ewgirl RE: Delucacheesemonger Jun 4, 2014 08:25 PM

                      Carbonated water has ONE negative side effect: It can leech calcium from your bones. However, calcium is NOT the main important nutrient for bone health, Vitamin D is. If you get a lot of calcium from other sources, then carbonation will be fine. There is only one possible negative ingredient in San Pellegrino: "Natural Flavors". If everything else appears good then it is possible that there is nothing bad in the natural flavors. I found this website while trying to look up what "natural flavors" means in this case.

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