News from CRIS: Trending - Flavored Seltzer Water

November 30, 2021

What is seltzer water?

Traditionally, seltzer water is carbonated water that does not contain sodium. Carbonated water is water that contains carbon dioxide gas that gives seltzer water its distinct bubbly feature.

What is flavored seltzer water?

Flavored seltzer water is carbonated water containing flavor ingredients that provide a specific flavor (e.g., mixed berry, lemon, etc.), typically without sodium, calories, or sugar.

What’s the difference between seltzer, sparkling mineral water, and club soda?

Seltzer water is carbonated water that doesn’t contain sodium. 
Sparkling mineral water is typically sourced from a natural spring and will often contain naturally occurring minerals like sodium, calcium, magnesium, etc. Carbonation may occur naturally, or manufacturers may add carbonation. 
Club soda is a type of water manufacturers carbonate and has additional ingredients including sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, potassium sulfate, and disodium phosphate. 

How do they flavor seltzer water? 

As we’ve discussed in prior blogs posts (1,2), food scientists called flavorists use naturally and artificially derived chemicals to create the desired flavors.
Natural Flavor: Flavorists create natural flavors by using ingredients from natural sources such as essential oils, extracts, etc., that are derived from spices, fruits, vegetables, barks, and other natural sources. You can read the full definition of natural flavor on the U.S. FDA’s website.
Artificial Flavor: Flavorists create artificial or synthetic flavorings from chemical sources rather than natural sources. 


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