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Sparkling Water vs Flavoured Soda Water

by Mariyam Rizvi on Jul 03, 2022

Sparkling Water vs Flavoured Soda Water


Many people confuse sparkling water with flavoured soda water and think they are the same.

Although they both are similar, they have subtle differences, and even taste a

little different from each other. Let’s dive into some of these differences - we’re sure you’ll find them quite interesting!


Sparkling water, as we would like to call bubbles with benefits or water with fizzy fun. It is made by infusing water with carbon dioxide under high pressure during manufacturing. Sparkling water may also be naturally carbonated if the carbonation process (the bubbling) occurs organically in a spring or a well. 

Contrary to this, flavoured soda water or your colas is carbonated water with dissolved minerals such as potassium sulfate, sodium chloride, disodium phosphate, and sodium bicarbonate to enhance the flavour. It might have more bubbles and fizzier fizz due to higher carbonation levels.


From a very young age, we begin to label any fizzy drink as ‘unhealthy’ in India.

But it is very rightly said that half-knowledge is dangerous. Fizzy drinks are unhealthy, which might be correct for the most part until now. Drinks get unhealthy and not so good for your body if they contain a lot of additives, sweeteners, artificial flavour, or preservatives.

Fizz in itself is just air and is not harmful. In fact, some people like to have it to help with digestion.


Another notable difference is the taste. Sparkling water has a more subtle and delicate taste when compared to soda water. Sparkling water, in short, is very natural-tasting. You can have it by itself without the need to add something. But we also have naturally flavoured Sparkling water available now (Yes! We mean Polka Pop!). That opens a door for those who want to try sparkling water but don’t want to miss out on the flavour.

Sparkling water is the ultimate option for people who enjoy subtle flavours and fizzy drinks without compromising the healthy part. You can have it as is or as a mixer for making cocktails or mocktails. It goes amazingly well with all kinds of food as well.


Sparkling water provides proper hydration, unlike soda water but with the refreshing feeling of sodas and other drinks. So you won’t be missing out on anything if you make the healthier decision of choosing sparkling water over your sugary drinks.

In conclusion, Sparkling water is regular water with the magic of bubbles and fizz that is carbonated with tons of minerals like soda water. Both these are carbonated drinks but vary in a lot of aspects. 

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