Mineral water a not fattening
The sodium salts in mineral water add to total sodium intake. In some susceptible people
increase blood pressure. Also, in some people, too much sodium may lead to the retention of
resulting in swelling for example, of the ankles. This can contribute to an increase in weight
although it is not fat. It is advisable to choose low sodium mineral waters (less than 30 mill
sodium per 100 ml or, as it is sometimes expressed, 300 ppm -parts per million). Even this is
equivalent to having 115 milligram of sodium (or 5 mmole of sodium, see EXTRA SALT IS
NEEDED DURING HOT WEATHER) in a 375 ml can. Drinking four cans would be
1 gram of sodium chloride or table salt.
Some mineral waters are now being flavoured are sweetened with sugar so that their
is the same as that of regular soft drinks. Unless sweetened with artificial sweeteners like
aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, plain mineral water is preferable.