Skip the soda and go for real ginger to curb nausea
Ginger ale is a funny thing.
On the one hand, I love the fact that it's so widely accepted as a natural tonic to settle the stomach. Even the biggest natural health naysayers probably have a few cans of it in their fridge just in case.
On the other hand, while the thought of sipping ginger ale may evoke some warm-and-fuzzy memories of cozy sick days home from school, in reality the stuff is pretty toxic.
In fact, years of lackluster results from clinical studies suggest its effects may be mostly in your head.
The regular version is full of high fructose corn syrup, the worst of the Big Food sugars out there. And the "diet" versions aren't much better, packed with synthetic sweeteners that can spike your insulin and send your risk of diabetes through the roof.
The reason ginger ale is thought of as a health tonic is because it supposedly contains a wonderful healing plant, ginger.
But most ginger sodas mimic a ginger taste with chemical artificial flavorings. And manufacturers who list ginger as one of the ingredients in their soda typically won't say how much -- their excuse is that they have to protect their secret formulas -- which probably means that even the best ginger sodas only contain trace amounts of ginger.
That's probably why the research that has been conducted specifically on ginger ale shows it to be not nearly effective as pure ginger root.
The rhizome (root) of the ginger plant has been used since ancient times for its medicinal qualities, as well as in cooking for its warm, spicy, aromatic fragrance and flavor.
There is some good research out there on ginger that supports its potency as a digestive aid and anti-emetic (drug that treats nausea and vomiting).
Although bubbly ginger drinks do seem to have alleviate nausea related to pregnancy or motion sickness, it may very well be placebo effect. Only real ginger will treat nausea and vomiting related to stomach flu, mild food poisoning, IBD and Crohns Disease, etc.
When it comes down to it, soda pop in general contains massive amounts of sugar that can put you on a track to diabetes, weight gain, and chronic inflammation in your body.
Even sugar-free, zero-calorie sodas trigger the same insulin response as the high-fructose corn syrupy stuff, so "diet" ginger ale won't help you avoid the soda-to-diabetes pipeline that so many Americans are falling victim to these days.
If you want to reap the digestive benefits of ginger, use fresh ginger root in your Paleo-friendly dinners, drink some organic ginger tea, or try ginger chewing gum (just make sure it's sweetened with xylitol). You can also find ginger root capsules at your local health food store.
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