Natural, untreated spring waters, some of which are naturally carbonated; may be slightly alkaline or salty. Numerous health claims have been made for the benefits arising from the traces of a large number of minerals found in solution. They are normally named after the town nearest the source. Examples are Apollinaris, Buxton, Evian, Malvern, Perrier, Vichy, Vittel.
Sparkling mineral water may either contain the gases naturally present at the source or may be artificially carbonated (soda water, Seltzer water, or club soda). Carbonated beverages are sometimes called minerals.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.