Several years ago, while having a drink with a friend, I was introduced to carbonated water. I’ve been hopelessly addicted ever since. There are many brands on the market, the popular ones being Perrier, S. Pellegrino, Canada Dry Club Soda and many others. You can even make your own.
I have never been a big soda pop drinker so you can imagine my surprise when I developed an addiction to Perrier. Drinking a bottle a day, more when it’s hot. I don’t believe there is any nutritional value to carbonated water but I love those bubbles, can’t get enough of them.
But is it good for you…
From an article at Superhuman Coach:
Soda water is water into which low levels of pressurized carbon dioxide has been dissolved. Soda water has long been considered a wholesome alternative to regular water. Soda water has that characteristic fizz and slightly sour flavor which is why it is preferred by those who dislike the flat taste of plain still water. And aside from it being a zero-calorie drink, soda water offers a handful of other health benefits as well.
The above article is very interesting, makes me feel a little better about my addiction. Hopefully some study in twenty years doesn’t come out with some super negative side effects. If so, I’m doomed.
As I’ve mentioned above, I took a liking to Perrier, which as we all know, has something to do with France. Some special spring I’ve heard. Here is a little history (see the full story here):
The spring in Southern France from which Perrier is drawn was called Les Bouillens. It has been used as a spa since Roman times. Local doctor Louis Perrier bought the spring in 1898 and operated a commercial spa there; he also bottled the water for sale.
So I’m thinking that I’m a pretty fancy guy, a gentlemen maybe. I drink Perrier from a glass with my little finger held high, there might be a slice of lime floating in there but no ice please.
And then I read the label…
The Perrier I drink is produced in Guelph, Ontario at the Nestle Waters plant just South of the City. I live in Guelph and while it’s a nice City, I wouldn’t call it fancy. Kind of takes a little of the shine away from the drink.
I often drink plain old Club Soda these days but still buy Perrier from time-to-time… I just don’t raise my little finger advertising how fancy I am.