New York Times offers clearer picture of sparkling water.

Sure plain seltzer’s got it all over colas, juices and sports drinks with their sugar, calories, added colors and artificial flavors. But a New York Time wellness Q&A from Sophie Egan reminds readers to look past the sparkle and fizz before increasing seltzer’s volume in your daily diet.

  • Remember what’s missing: fluoride and all its benefits. If you’re sparkle is bottled, it’s lacking fluoridation, that American Dental Association touts as “essential for maintaining long-term oral health.”

Option: If your tap water is fluoridated, try an in-home sparkling water maker (They save money and the environment!)

  • Check the label for citric acid. Egan notes in Ask Well, that though it’s not as erosive as classic soft drink ingredients, it “may be acidic enough to damage [tooth] enamel.”
    Option: Add vegetables or herbs, such as cucumber, mint or basil to plain sparkling water.

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