Carbonated Drinks Do Not Cause Stomach Problems

When I was in medical school more than 40 years ago, I was taught that carbonated drinks can cause stomach ulcers, so they should never be given to people who suffer from belching and burning in their stomachs. An article in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology shows that carbonated drinks do not cause these problems, and can actually relieve stomach discomfort and constipation.

Half the people with belching and burning were told to drink carbonated water, while half were told to drink tap water. Those who took the carbonated water had far less belching, burning and constipation than those who were given tap water. The researchers also showed that drinking carbonated water emptied the gall bladder faster, thus helping to reduce the symptoms of gall bladder disease. This article does not prove that carbonated water can be used to treat belching and burning, but it does show that some people with these symptoms are not harmed by drinking carbonated water and may benefit from it.

Effects of carbonated water on functional dyspepsia and constipation. European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 2002, Vol 14, Iss 9, pp 991-999. F Cuomo, R Grasso, G Sarnelli, G Capuano, E Nicolai, G Nardone, D Pomponi, G Budillon, E Ierardi. Cuomo F, Univ Naples Federico II, Dipartimento Med Clin & Sperimentale, Via Sergio Pansini 5, I-80131 Naples, ITALY

Checked 6/9/14

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