Water is vital to our health. But not everyone is content with drinking it as is. Some say sparkling water is better than still water. Let us examine both sides of the debate.
Constructive Debater 1 Marie
Still water is great because it’s simple. The carbonation alters the taste of water, giving it a slightly sour taste, so it does not pair well with some meals. On the other hand, still water is suitable for any occasion. It tastes like nothing, so it goes well with any ingredient and can’t detract from a meal. In addition, the fizziness of sparkling water makes it difficult to swallow sometimes. I much prefer still water since it goes smoothly down my throat.
Constructive Debater 2 Charlotte
Sparkling water is much more fun and exciting. Still water can be a bit boring, but even adding a bit of carbonation can take the drinking experience to the next level. Of course, this is even more the case when there is added flavoring, but even without added flavoring, the carbonation alone lends itself to a very different experience and texture. It makes sparkling water more appropriate for celebratory moments as a more formal option to sodas.
Rebuttal Debater 1 Marie
Yes, sparkling water can be more exciting, but the point of drinking water is hydration, not to have fun. Drinking sparkling water can lead to less hydration. The bubbles can make you feel full or bloated, causing you to drink less water. That’s not good for your health. It is also why still water is better for athletes to drink while exercising because being bloated can worsen their performance. Why fix what doesn’t need fixing? Still water is better and should be the obvious choice for hydration and exercise.
Rebuttal Debater 2 Charlotte
Sparkling water is the perfect substitute for less healthy drinks. For those wishing to drink less soda, sparkling water may help them keep their urges in check. The bubbles in sparkling water can give these people their carbonation fix while providing a healthier, zero-sugar alternative. The same goes for alcoholic drinks, which often have some level of carbonation. Returning to the earlier example of drinking sparkling water at special events, people can drink sparkling water as a substitute for champagne. Sparkling water is an incredible drink that can help people improve their health.
Both sides have raised some very intriguing points. What do you think about these two drinks? Let me know what you think!
Hannah Kim For The Junior Times junior/1707356236/1613368104
1. According to the passage, why does still water pair well with any meal?
2. What is mentioned as a potential downside of sparkling water's carbonation in terms of taste?
3. Why does the author prefer still water over sparkling water in terms of ease of swallowing?
4. What concern does the author raise about the potential impact of sparkling water on hydration?
1. Do you agree with the author's preference for still water over sparkling water? Why or why not?
2. Consider the health aspects raised in the passage, especially the potential impact of carbonation on hydration and exercise. Do you find these arguments convincing?
3. Discuss the potential drawbacks of sparkling water, including its impact on hydration and the feeling of bloating. How might this affect people's choices in different situations?
4. Consider the role of flavoring in sparkling water. How might added flavors influence preferences for still or sparkling water?