Carbonated Drinks Carbonated drinks have many different names.

These include soda, pop, tonic, fizzy water or fizzy drinks. The consumption of carbonated drinks has risen dramatically and some sources believe that in the US alone consumption has grown 135% since 1977.

There are literally hundreds of different types of carbonated drinks on the market today. Each brand name has their own small army of drinks that it sells. For example Coca-Cola has 25 different types of cola each one with its own distinctive flavour, even having a Passover Coca Cola made with pure cane sugar instead of corn syrup.

The large amount of variants is mainly down to the fact that each type of coca cola has a diet version as well. Some variants even have three types i.e. Coca Cola Vanilla, Diet Coca Cola Vanilla, Coca Cola Vanilla Zero.

There are a number of health risks associated with drinking large amounts of soda. Normal or non-diet sodas are made from high fructose corn syrup, which has been linked with numerous detrimental effects on human health, these include; a rise in obesity levels that correlates with the rise in soda consumption, increased chance of contracting diabetes in later life, problems with dental decay, a connection with caffeinated drinks and a lack of sleep.

At one time it was thought that there was a link between soda and low bone density caused by acid in soda lowering the amount of calcium in the bones. This has since been proved to be incorrect, with one doctor determining that people who drank a lot of carbonated drinks were more likely to have a lower calcium diet.

The controversy doesnÕt stop there. An artificial sweetener called Aspartame, originally distributed by a company called Nutrasweet, has caused grave concern throughout the scientific community.

Even though the FDA has deemed it fit for human consumption. Some sources suspect there is a connection between aspartame and diseases such as brain tumors, brain lesions, and lymphoma. Nutrasweet deny and the sweetner has been used in over 5000 products worldwide. supply carbonated water flavours that are free of any sweeteners or concentrate.

Not all Carbonated drinks suffer from controversy.

Fizzy water has been found to have no negative effectÕs whatsoever, whether it be homemade or bought from a major supplier. Carbonated water even comes in flavoured versions such as apple or summer fruits to give the water a refreshing taste. Homemade carbonated drinks are made by dissolving carbon dioxide into a bottle of still water from a pressurised canister. Flavours can be added to these also.

Carbonated drinks are incredibly popular around the world and the rate of consumption is growing every year.

In the UK alone 5560 million litres of carbonated soft drinks are consumed year on year. With the change in attitudes toward health, people are switching from soda towards healthier options such a flavoured carbonated water. A large assortment of calorie free flavours to flavour sparkling water for a great taste is sold at