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Is Ginger Ale Good For You?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Is ginger ale good for you? Ginger ale is a carbonated beverage made with ginger root and sweetener. Most commercial ginger ale use high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring. Traditional ginger ale typically contains more natural ingredients.

 Some of the popular types of ginger ale are sodas which contain ginger, sugar, high fructose corn syrup and carbonation. Another type of ginger ale is diet ginger ale which contains artificial or calorie sweeteners in place of sugar.

The nutrition facts of a single 12 ounce of ginger ale contains 36 grams of added sugar which is 72% of the Daily Value based on a 2000 calorie a day diet.

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Ginger ale is not considered a healthy drink because of all of the added sugar, but ginger root is healthy. And it is an underground stem of a ginger plant. It has a long history of medicinal and health uses related to the digestives system. Some research studies have shown that ginger can help relieve stomach flu, migraines, nausea, upset stomach, or morning sickness in pregnancy.

Other health benefits of ginger root are:

  • Studies have shown it may help support heart health and lower blood pressure.
  • It may reduce inflammation of the brain and joints.
  • It has a natural source of antioxidants and antioxidants help to fight off diseases.

Some of the negative effects of consuming ginger ale is the carbonation which can unfortunately lead to gassing, bloating, and burping. Another negative health benefit is the added sugar in ginger ale. And if you consume added sugar, it raises the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic health problems.

One of the best ways to look at ginger ale to determine if it is healthy is to look at the back of the ingredients of the bottle. And make sure that most of the ingredients are natural and they don’t contain any excessive added sugar.

What people don’t know is most ginger ales contain more added sugar than actual ginger ale.

“Ginger ale is not considered a healthy drink because of all the added sugar, but ginger root is healthy.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is most commercials ginger ales contains a lot of added sugar and very little ginger. But actual ginger root contains a lot of health benefits such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. And it also improves headaches and nausea symptoms.

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