Can you boil carbonated water

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you boil carbonated water?” We will also discuss what carbonated water is, why you need to boil it, the precautions, and the consequences of boiling carbonated water.

Can you boil carbonated water?

Yes, you can boil carbonated water safely and easily without worrying about ruining your kettle.

 However, due to the presence of carbon dioxide gas in this type of water, boiling under pressure will lead to a dangerous chemical reaction that causes an explosion, so Avoid and do not boil your carbonated water under pressure.

If you are interested in this topic, then this article will answer all your questions so stay tuned.

What is carbonated water? 

Carbonated water, also known as sparkling water, club soda, soda water, seltzer water, and fizzy water is simply water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure until it becomes a bubbly drink. 

Besides, sometimes minerals and some salt are added to carbonated water to improve its taste. 

Therefore carbonated water is considered to be one of the most refreshing beverages after distilled tap water, and a good healthy alternative to sugary soft drinks. 

What are the consequences of boiling carbonated water?

Boiling of carbonated water will simply lead to the removal of its carbon content completely. 

In other words, all of the carbon dioxide gas (CO2) present in this carbonated liquid which is responsible for its fizz texture will be released into the air during boiling without causing any explosion or unpredicted consequences, therefore yielding still water that has no bubbles.

Boiling carbonated water is a simple process that will remove carbonation entirely leaving you with water that forms a good substitute for both tap and mineral water and which can be used in cooking as well as in making coffee and tea.

The boiling temperature of carbonated water depends mainly on how carbonated the water is, where it is found to be lower as the amount of carbon dioxide increases compared to tap or mineral water. Therefore carbonated water is going to boil earlier at  98C compared to 100C for tap water. 

However other studies have shown that the carbonation process does not alter the boiling point by itself, but rather its effect will be limited to the reaction with the additional ingredients which might be added.

Yet the water produced as a result of boiling carbonated water may have a tiny amount of harmless sour or bitter taste due to residues of CO2 in the form of carbonic acid that remains dissolved in the water and becomes more concentrated and noticeable with boiling.

Why would you need to boil carbonated water?

We all know that carbonated water represents a uniquely refreshing beverage but did you know that it can also be used for gardening, cleaning, or even boiled for cooking or preparing tea and/ or coffee.

Yes, this is true however you should first know some important things about boiling carbonated water for cooking or making hot beverages before trying it yourself.

  • There is not much difference physically or in flavour between boiled carbonated water and tap water
  • The flavours or artificial sweeteners which are added to the carbonated water will negatively influence the flavour of the food or beverages prepared from boiled carbonated water.

Therefore it is recommended to only boil unflavored and unsweetened carbonated water for cooking and making hot drinks. Also, note that coffee and tea will both hinder the effect of carbonic acid residues found in the boiled carbonated water on the taste 

What are the cons of boiling carbonated water?

No doubt that tap water should always be our premium choice for drinking and cooking in a healthy lifestyle, however, if you decided to boil carbonated water instead keep in mind the following cons:

  • Costly, because carbonated water is more expensive than tap water 
  • Has no health benefits over clean tap drinking water
  • Change in flavour due to the presence of residual carbonic acid
  • Causes burping, bloating, and farting
  • Artificial sweeteners like sucralose found in carbonated water will  alter your gut microbiome or even cause diarrhoea 

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What are the precautions for boiling carbonated water?

If you have no access to tap water and boiling carbonated water is your only available choice to cook or make tea and coffee, this is just fine but there are certain precautions you should take into consideration to boil water safely and retain its flavour.

  • Boil carbonated water in a pot or kettle not in the can or bottle 
  • Avoid boiling carbonated water under pressure
  • Avoid boiling carbonated water that contains additives such as artificial sweeteners, caffeine, dyes, or natural or artificial flavouring because these can negatively influence the flavour of your water

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you boil carbonated water?” We have also discussed what carbonated water is, why you would need to boil it, the precautions, and the consequences of boiling carbonated water.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

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