Sparkling Water Posted
Years ago I had my first taste of sparkling water — a non-sweet flavored fizzy
(carbonated) water. It's like soda (pop) without the sugar. There's a certain
flavor essence there, but no sweetness. Sorely disappointed at the time, I couldn't
imagine why ANYONE would consume the stuff.
Well, tastes certainly change as we grow older. Just a few
weeks ago I was pondering where my desire for eating a whole
box of TRIX cereal at one sitting was abandoned (in my mid-20s).
I've grown more away from sugar in the last few years and
my body is thanking me for it.
Because of this, I don't do much soda these days, but once
in a while I get a hankerin' for a carbonated beverage. A few
months ago, with a more discerning palette, I decided
to give sparkling water another try.
After about three cans of a black cherry flavored Klarbrunn
Sparkling Water I was hooked. How that happened, I don't know.
First it was black cherry, then raspberry, then lime. Now I'm
crossing over into another brand that offers a Crush-like orange.
As I filled my green recycling bin with weeks' worth of
empty Klarbrunn cans, I began wondering what exactly was in
the stuff. Sure, the ingredient label says "CARBONATED
WATER, NATURAL _________ FLAVOR," but what else? I bet
it contained something addictive! (((cue X-Files music)))
turned to the World Wide Web, went to the Klarbrunn Web
site and poked around their carbonated water section. No satisfactory
answers there, so I clicked on the contact e-mail address
and sent them my question:
I recently bought two cases of your carbonated sparkling
water to try in place of soda. The ingredients listed on
your cans are simple: Carbonated Water, Natural Lime Flavor.
Is carbonated water just regular water infused with
co-2, or are there other things (like phosphorus acid,
etc.) added too?
Your help is greatly appreciated.
Eleven days later I received a cut-n-paste
response from one of their consumer services representatives:
Thank you for contacting Klarbrunn, Inc.
Klarbrunn Sparkling Water is processed by a reverse
osmosis filtration system, which removes impurities and
minerals; prior to adding natural flavorings (or fruit
essences) and carbonation (co-2). Klarbrunn Sparkling Water
is created by combining water and carbonation (carbon dioxide
gas) under pressure. This carbonation creates the "tingly
fizz" that gives soft drinks a refreshing
taste. Klarbrunn Sparkling Waters contain no sodium, no
caffeine and no calories.
There are no detectable levels of phosphorous in any
Klarbrunn Sparkling Water flavors.
Thank you for your inquiry and should you have additional
questions, please feel free to contact us again.
(((more X-Files music))) Of course they're not going to tell
me that it's laced with
some addictive substance to make me want to keep drinking it!
Actually, I'm kidding about that (scoots tinfoil hat under
desk with foot). But I did want to know more about how flavored
carbonated sparkling water is made and their response was
In fact, this sparkling water not only inspires my creativity
(the tingly fizz does it), but is great for low-carbers™.
No sugar, no sodium, no caffeine, no salt, no carbs, no peanuts
bits, and no lactose. Oh, strike those last two...
I know there's a joke in here somewhere about it being a good
low-carb beverage, but yet, it's just full of CARBonation.
or, CARB-O-NATION, the World's Next Superpower!
See how much it inspires my creativity? And yeah, TRIX really
is for kids! (© 2005 Chris Dunmire) •