Ginger Ale Isn’t The Cure All You Think It Is

When you were younger, you might remember your mother or grandmother pouring a glass of ginger ale to alleviate your upset tummy. While that may have been the prescription from doctor mom, experts say maybe you shouldn’t. Amanda Li, a registered dietitian at Wellness Simplified in Toronto, admits that ginger does have nausea reducing properties, but soda pop likely isn’t going to work and could have the opposite effect. Since most ginger ale in stores only uses natural flavors and not actual ginger, “It’s really no different from you grabbing a Sprite if you had an upset stomach,” according to Li.

Li also points out that soft drinks can make you feel worse due to its high sugar content, which “causes quite a lot of inflammation in the body.”

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