My addiction to infatuation with sparkling water began in college. Like other college loves, it all started in the dining hall, next to the soda fountain. But unlike other college loves (that we need not revisit), this one lasted beyond graduation.
I've kept tabs on my college one-and-only (don't we all?) and noticed that he'sit's been in the news now more than ever:
But it may be bad for your ivories: While flat water has a neutral pH of 7, sparkling water is slightly more acidic (around 5.5), and flavored sparkling waters can be even more acidic and corrosive as orange juice, according to The Atlantic. Over time, this can damage teeth enamel.
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Yesterday, carbonated water appeared on my news feed again, when Bloomberg reported that the environmental footprint of carbonated water may be reduced (or even reversed). A Zurich-based company, Climeworks, has found a way to suck the environment-harming greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, out of the air to use in fizzy drinks. (While carbon dioxide isn't harmful to us, those bubbles can be incredibly harmful to the environment—carbon dioxide is a heat-trapping gas and it's currently supplied by chemical companies, sourced from fossil fuels.)
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The process isn't perfect—the carbon dioxide gets released back into the air as soon as you open your freshly carbonated SodaStream bottle (think of the satisfying pop when you open a can of soda)—but at least it won't be coming from millions-year-old organic matter.