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The differences between soda water & sparkling water

Updated April 17, 2017

If you walk down the drink aisle in the supermarket, you'll find tonic water, seltzer, soda water and sparkling water. Although soda water and sparkling water look, taste and smell the same, there are a couple of substantial differences.

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Soda water and sparkling water contain the same ingredients - water mixed with sodium bicarbonate. The difference between them isn't what, it's how - soda water's sodium bicarbonate is added, whereas sparkling water naturally contains sodium bicarbonate.


Natural sparkling water usually contains a wide array of minerals compared to artificial soda waters and seltzers, which only contain sodium bicarbonate (otherwise known as carbon dioxide).


Soda water is marketed as a cocktail mixer, while sparkling water is promoted as a more upscale version to be drunk on its own. For that reason, it is generally more costly than soda water.

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About the Author

Hannah Ardeb has been writing and editing since 2008. She has written and ghostwritten content for online platforms including company blogs, marketing blogs and copy for health products and e-commerce websites. Ardeb studies English literature at Bar Ilan University.

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