Does Carbonated Water Cause Weight Gain?


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Summary: Some claim that carbonated water causes weight gain. Others insist that carbonated water can help you lose weight. Discover which faction is right on the money.

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Carbonated water, in its purest form, does not cause weight gain.

More Info: The only instance that carbonated water may influence weight gain is in the presence of additives such as sugar, artificial sweeteners, sodium, or additional calories.

What Is Carbonated Water?

Carbonated water is merely water that has carbon gases added to it. This gas is present in the form of carbonic acid, which may cause some people to drink it to feel fuller and more satisfied.  If that is the case, it can possibly assist with weight loss efforts.

Carbonated water may come in the form of pure or mineral water. Mineral water is simply pure water with added minerals that are beneficial to your health. The human body needs plenty of water in order to function properly. The amount of water needed each day varies from person to person, depending on factors such as size, medical conditions, age, amount of exercise, and the climate where you live.  As an example if you exercise consistently, live in a hotter or dryer climate, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you are sick, you should consume additional amounts of water each day.

For some, the idea of drinking so much water is not appealing. Carbonated water offers variety, and as long as no sugar or other ingredients have been added, contains no calories to contribute to weight gain. Drinking carbonated water throughout the day, including before and after meals, may help you to feel fuller, take the edge off hunger, and consume fewer calories.

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Works Cited

Utah State University Chemistry & Biology Department
"Carbon Dioxide-Carbonic Acid Equilibrium"
www.chem.usu.edu

UC San Diego
"Avoiding the Annual Holiday Weight Gain"
http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu

UCLA
"Drink to Your Health"
www.dining.ucla.edu

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"Does Carbonated Water Cause Weight Gain?." Sophisticated Edge. N.p., n.d. Web. . <http://www.sophisticatededge.com/does-carbonated-water-cause-weight-gain.html>.  

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