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How Healthy is Replacing Soda with Flavored Water?

For the first time in history, bottled water has outsold soda and according to Fortune soda sales are at a 30-year low. 1 Consumers are becoming more and more concerned about their health and their shopping habits are proving it. The obvious choice for the first drink to go in an attempt to create healthier habits is soda. Both the sugar and the calorie content have been shown by countless cases of research to be detrimental to our health and well-being. Many people then turned to diet sodas. Many diet beverages market themselves as sugar-free and low calorie or even zero calorie. However, research has been published over the last few years that has shown reason to be concerned with the artificial sweeteners used in diet beverages.



The messages have spread like wildfire all over social media. Possibly due to the skepticism that has surrounded these once believed to be healthy alternatives, sales fell for the big name brands in diet soda by 5-10 percent last year.

Research has long claimed the only drink your body needs is plain water. However, even the bottled water sales are showing that some of the most popular waters are the flavored varieties. So, why hasn’t complete devotion to tap water caught on yet, even after all this scientifically-backed support? According to RWL Water, one-fifth of Americans report that they don’t like the taste of plain water.

The problem with flavored water is that it’s not always as healthy as it seems, especially for your teeth. They aren’t usually full of sugar, like sodas, but the citrus flavors can potentially damage teeth. Biomimetic dentist Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, of Whole Health Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin said that enamel is the teeth’s number one line of defense, and it’s actually not sugar that is its biggest enemy.

"It’s a common misconception that the only things you really need to worry about are sugar and coloring when it comes to your teeth," said Schwartz. "One of the main factors that effect the enamel of the teeth is actually the acidity of the food or drink in question. Anything with a pH balance under 4 puts the enamel on the teeth in danger of erosion."

Scientists recently studied 379 different drinks that were readily available from stores in Alabama to determine their pH balance. They found that 93 percent of them had pH levels lower than four. Their results were published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.2

The lower a pH number is the more acidic the solution is. This acidity eats away at the enamel of teeth over time, said Schwartz.

"One of the most common problems that occur when the enamel begins to erode is tooth sensitivity," said Schwartz. "As the enamel wears away, the teeth begin to look yellow and discolored because the layer under it, the dentin, is not white. The teeth also become more prone to cracks, fractures and decay because the enamel helps keep teeth strong and protected."


Sources:

1 Kell, John. "Bottled Water Continues to Take the Fizz Out of Diet Soda." Pepsi vs Coca-Cola: U.S. Soda Sales Decline For 12th Consecutive Year | Fortune.com. Fortune, 19 Apr. 2017. Web. 09 May 2017.

2 Reddy, Avanija, Don F. Norris, Stephanie S. Momeni, Belinda Waldo, and John D. Rudy. "The pH of beverages in the United States." Journal of American Dental Association 147.4 (2016): 255-63. Web.

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