Carbonated and Flavoured Water

WaterI was walking home from an eventful night one early Saturday morning and decided that I needed to drink some water. I went into a snack shop and purchased two bottles of water because they were on sale. When I opened it, I realized that it was carbonated and I read the label to see exactly what it was. It read, “Carbonated water beverage.” I know about flavoured water, but now they come both flavoured and carbonated, just like soda. I drank some and tasted it. To my surprise, it tasted as good and as sweet as soda. By the way, I had the Aquafina (Pepsi) Sparkling Carbonated Water Beverage, Berry Burst. If it tastes so good, can it replace soda? Would it be healthier?

At this point, my answer is no. The current bottle that I have shows LOW CALORIE on the label and from their website, a 0 calorie bottle of the same flavour is now available. They are probably researching methods to make their products seem healthier. All flavoured water contains some artificial sweeteners, such as Aspartame, Acesulfame-potassium, and/or Sucralose. These have low or zero calories, but because they are artificial, debated health issues are present. These products are released by the same companies that produce popular soda beverages possibly because they are trying to expand their market to reach health-oriented people.

Since these products are still new and tests of chemicals used in sweeteners are not yet thorough, I would recommend that we limit our intake of these beverages. Overall, I would stay away from drinking large amounts of flavoured water, whether carbonated or not, and pop. If I’m thirsty, I would opt for water.

Aspartame Warning
Pepsi Product Information
Wikipedia – Acesulfame potassium
Wikipedia – Aspartame
Wikipedia – Sucralose

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