A laboratory in Switzerland has made a discovery that will upset many a dieter who may have opted for a sparkling mineral water as opposed to a diet cola or other low calorie soft drink. For it turns out that fizzy water actually contains more calories, and is therefore more fattening,
Until now it has always been presumed that as water contained no calories at all, then sparkling water would be the same. But in fact the process of adding the bubbles has been found to also add calories. Surprisingly, the calorific value is completely contained in the gas itself, so the less gassy the water, the less calories it contains.
Perrier were quick to explain that they have always known that sparkling water contained calories, but that current legislation did not require them to print this on their bottle labels or packaging. They say that the calorie value is quite low, but if you are dieting you may be better opting for still water.
However, they have announced that a new low-calorie sparkling water will be available soon at the same price as the standard sparkling version, and they said that in tests nobody could tell any difference in the taste.