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After some research I found: Rav Eliyashiv in Ashrei Ha'Ish pg 311:5 is quoted as holding that one can be yotzeh the mitzvah of shaloch manos with two different types of drinks and that soft drinks with flavor counts but seltzer does not count since it does not have a din of a drink(I would assume water is not good as well). Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky in Kovetz ...
The Rambam brings this halacha in Hilchos Rotzeiach (chap 11:4), meaning that he believed that it was assur due to it being an actual sakana, and not for any ethical/mystical/spiritual reason. (Just as the gemarah in Chulin says - its a sakanah. The Shulchan Aruch does not bring down this halacha at all. I would note that the germ theory of disease was not ...
Likutei Sichos - Lubavitcher Rabbi Zatzal says that one is Yotzei Mishloach Manos with a piece of cake and soda. However regarding water I have so far been unable to find a source that either permits it or prohibits it.
"Soda is like water" -- with regards to what? Some hold soda's not chamar medina, but there are other halachot with other criteria! The "food" used for an eruv techumin can be anything other than water or salt (but for the yeshivishly frugal, salt plus water can be used!-- hence soda should be fine), so it wouldn't surprise me if plain water can't be used ...
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