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Carbonated Beverages

In the USA, we call our favorite flavored carbonated drinks soda pop. It’s the carbonation process that gives soda pop its “fizz.”. There is a lot of info about carbonation at

The quality of carbonated drinks, including soft drinks, and the different tastes of both, are caused by the amount of dissolved CO2 which causes carbonic acid in the drink.

In almost all soft drinks, carbonation gives these drinks their distinctive taste. That fizzy sensation is caused by diluted carbonic acid, not, as many believe, by the bubbles.

if you brew beer at home, watch out for over-carbonation — it can be dangerous, and result in bottles gushing or even exploding.Excessive amounts of sugar used as a primer is dangerous, and so is using wrong types of bottles or improper capping processes. Perhaps it will be best to just buy your beer at the store.

Carbonated water, also known as sparkling water, is plain water into which CO2 gas has been dissolved, and is the number one ingredient of most “soft drinks”.

In the past, these drinks were produced in the home by putting water in a seltzer bottle then adding CO2. Club soda is identical to plain carbonated water or it may contain a small pinch of salt, or trace minerals. Home-made soda pop could taste more salty than normal because of these trace ingredients. Want some good old soda pop? Just add some drops of concentrated flavors.

With enough mineral content, the drink is called sparkling water. A big variety of calorie-free flavors to flavor sparkling water with great tastes is sold at Instead of consuming more and more soda pop, this might be a positive alternative for your family.

Carbonated drinks marketed as diet soda offer a calorie-free way to make sure your family drinks plenty of water; after all, we all know that the better drinks taste, the more kids will drink, and the more your kids drink, the healthier it is for your family.

If anyone in your family competes athletically, this flavored drink will also make sure they stay properly hydrated while exercising. This has been an extremely hot summer; in spite of the heat, two-a-day football practices have already started for college and high school players. Football moms will want to provide the team with flavored carbonated drinks; also, be sure that everyone drinks appropriate amounts and stays well-hydrated.The kids will love you and maybe the coach will, too. Maybe this would be a fun project for your football booster club to take on.

The oppressive summer heat has made drinking water extremely important – in fact, it has made it a dangerous summer even for Texas which is used to hot summers. But most people are not accustomed to day after day of 100-degrees-plus temperatures with high humidity; little infants and the elderly are especially vulnerable.

So, flavored carbonated drinks might be a good option for you and your kids, and perhaps even for your elderly neighbor. We are our brothers’ keepers, after all.

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