There’s a lot to love about seltzer: those refreshing bubbles, its ability to calm an upset stomach, and the satiety it gives you, despite an instant craving for more — not to mention the many flavors in which it is sold. It’s no wonder some carbonated waters reach cult status. Apparently, however, there’s a lot to hate about seltzer, too — at least if you’re a fan of “normal” water.
Bottled water is easy to stow in your gym bag, and a must for your at-home disaster-preparedness kit. However, its meteoric rise since the 1970s has had a negative impact on the environment, and the battle between bottling brands is hiking up the cost of our planet’s most important, precious resource. Luckily numerous government agencies are regulating the industry — in the U.S.
Unlike its flat, from-the-tap counterpart, sparkling water has character and pizzazz: The initial fizz announces itself; the bubbles tickle your nose as you drink, and can settle any upset stomach, or bring a buzzy satisfaction with each sip. But not all seltzers are created equal. Certain brands carry a cult status; their legions of fans buying in bulk to satisfy their insatiable cravings.