Fact or fiction 2 July 2013 Share by email Page shared successfully Share again? An error has occurred on the server is currently unable to send your message. Please try again later. Please try again Your name * Please enter your name Your email address * Please enter your email Your email is invalid Friend's email address * Please enter your friend's email Your friend's email is invalid Add a message Share Cancel Tweet Buffer FACT: Sparkling water is as good for you as still water Both sparkling and still water can make up your eight glasses a day to keep you hydrated. Unflavoured sparkling waters are carbonated either naturally or artificially to contain tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide, which does make the water mildly acidic, but because it doesn’t contain the phosphoric acid that soft drinks do, it won’t cause erosion of the tooth enamel. As long as you choose one that isn’t sweetened and doesn’t have any added salt, there is virtually no nutritional difference to still water. FICTION: Burnt sausages can cause cancer It is true that when foods such as sausages are burned trace amounts of carcinogenic substances (PAHs – polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) can be produced. However, these amounts are so small that no real evidence has been found to suggest that eating overcooked meat could increase the risk of cancer. You should still limit how many sausages and burgers you chow down on at those summer BBQs though, as they are typically high in fat and salt, which should be limited in your overall diet.