on June 18, 2013
at 04:33 PM
Simple answer: absolutely not. Breaking a fast involves eating or drinking energy (i.e. calorie) bearing foods. Water, sparkling or not, has no burnable energy, so no calories. However, people do debate whether small amounts of calories (e.g. cream in coffee) break a fast or not.
on June 04, 2013
at 03:39 PM
True sparkling water is just carbonated, creating effervescence (bubbles)...
as in 'eau gasseous.'
If you are adding flavoring and sweetener, that's a different story.
The thing is water is water. It's about taste, in that case.
I'd rather have spring water (ours comes from our spring) or if I'm drinking carbonated/sparkling, I'd put some vodka in with a twist of lime :) Just saying.
Water should be taken during fasting.
The only people I know who won't are trying to meet a number on a scale, like in wrestling or boxing, where they need to fit into a class. If you're hoping to see a number on a scale due to liking a specific number on a scale, that reflects only total body mass, which isn't a good way to judge health or fitness (lean body mass or body fat % is a better measure -- or how many stairs you can run, etc.).