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Is Perrier water good for you, like minerally speaking?

Asked by lelabeem (67 points ) March 5th, 2010

I’m curious why it tastes so good. Is it just because of my secret longing for soda, or does it really have something to it that I need? Magnesium? Is it actually bad to drink fizzy water? I need to know how my new addiction is affecting my health!

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Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Sparkling water is a relatively benign addiction unless it’s causing you to waste all your money frivolously.

jaytkay's avatar

It’s tasty, no harm, it will only hurt your wallet. No benefit either.

davidbetterman's avatar

Like Evian (notice Evian spelled backwards).

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Who cares. Perrier with lime poured over ice into a tall glass is one of the few really refreshing things in the Florida summer. Goes down clean, not as salty as soda, not as sweetly tangy as tonic, certainly not as sickeningly syrupy as pop. When it’s 98F in 98% humidity, you want cold and clean.

janbb's avatar

I don’t think it’s really good for you, but it couldn’t hoit, either.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I could be wrong, but I think the amount of minerals in Perrier and the like is pretty trivial. However, it’s the minerals that give the water a pleasing, subtle flavor.

I, too, have a major thing for sparkling water… I totally prefer it to still water and find it way more refreshing and pleasant to drink. People like to say drinking sparkling water isn’t good for you, but I looked into it and as far as I can tell, the body treats it like still water. Drink on!

andrew's avatar

I totally agree with the sparkling water fixation. I’m a junky myself.

lillycoyote's avatar

I don’t know off the top of my head what the RDA of trace minerals is, and, of course, didn’t know, off the top of my head exactly which ones, in what quantity, are contained in Perrier water, I had to look it up, but this is apparently what the mineral content of Perrier water is.

Calcium (Ca++) 147.3 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 3.4 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 9 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 0.6 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3—) 390 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 21.5 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4—) 33 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) 0.12 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3—) 18 mg/l

It does contain some of the required trace minerals, and salts (sodium), with salts being something that one should be somewhat concerned about, so I guess you just have to figure out how drinking Perrier fits in to the rest of your diet in terms of it’s mineral content.

ratboy's avatar

Put a little whiskey in it to be on the safe side.

Odysseus's avatar

Fluoride (F-) 0.12 mg/l is what would concern me

BoyWonder's avatar

I did hear that regular Perrier (unflavored) contains a substantial amount of iron and it’s good for you. Not sure if that’s common knowledge or not.

liminal's avatar

My addiction of choice was gerolsteiner, loved it more than any other mineral water. Sadly, they started bottling with plastic and the taste changed. sigh.

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