Is Your Bubbly Water Putting Toxins in You?


Mimi Uong, FNP

We’re about to dive into the world of sparking waters and their effects on us. While, a lot of us have slowly transitioned from heavily sugar laden drinks to sparkling water as a better choice for our health, not all sparkling water brands are made equal. A recent study testing 12 sparkling waters found measurable amounts of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs). This is the list of the brands with PFAs over 1 parts per trillion (PPT).

  1. Topo Chico 9.76
  2. Polar Natural Seltzer Water 6.41
  3. Bubly Blackberry 2.24
  4. Poland Spring Zesty Lime 1.66
  5. Canada Dry Lemon Lime 1.24
  6. La Croix 1.16
  7. Perrier 1.1

So what does that mean and what are the health effects of PFAs?

PFAs are man made chemicals that are in everyday products such as food packaging, household products, repellants, clothings, etc. Because it is harder to metabolize and excrete these chemicals, they can stay in your body for a long time. The environmental groups have set the limit of PFAs to be less than 1 PPT in most products as a safety limit. One of the biggest health effects is it is a major endocrine disruptor. Endocrine hormones are your thyroid, stress, and sex hormones. Yes, your libido and mood swings could definetly be affected by this! In a randomized controlled trial that was conducted for over 2 years, they saw that the higher the plasma concentration of PFAs linked to a greater weight regain, primarily in women.

So, what’s the takeaway? The best thing you can do is try to carbonate your own purified water. There are plenty of ways to do this, with Soda Stream being the most popular. However, there are unknown plastics in the carbonating jug, so be weary if you’re a stickler for this. You can install a carbonating spout by your sink, if you want to be a bit fancy. As always, we can only do so much. If you’re going to drink sparkling water, some of our nutritionist Aubree’s favorites are sparkling mineral waters. Some of the top are:

  1. Vichy Catalan – a sparkling mineral water from Spain with a huge mineral content.
  2. Acqua Panna – a natural spring water that rolls through the hills of Tuscany. *pinky up*
  3. Gerolsteiner – mineral water from the Volcanic Eifel in Germany.

You can buy all of these in bulk. With the higher mineral content, you’re getting essential minerals from the earth that are missing in some of our foods. Drink up!


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