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Is Ginger Ale Bad For You?



Short answer

Ginger ale can be harmful in excess, but it is generally a healthier alternative to other soft drinks and can even carry some health benefits.



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Long answer

Ginger ale is a type of carbonated drink that is flavored with ginger. Contrary to the widespread belief that ginger ale is a unique substance unto itself, it does fit into the category of soda or soft drinks. However, ginger ale is often considered to be a healthier alternative to other sodas as it generally does not carry as heavy a load of unhealthy baggage as other popular sodas do.

If you want to turn to ginger ale as a healthier alternative to soda, it's important to pay attention to what kind you buy, as not all ginger ale is created equal. Purchasing all-natural ginger ale is the healthiest route to take; this type of ginger ale is not loaded with the harmful chemicals, such as high fructose corn syrup, that some other ginger ale brands are. Furthermore, all-natural ginger ale contains real ginger extract. This allows you to obtain the health benefits of ginger, which include the alleviation of diarrhea, decreased arthritis symptoms, and the treatment of heart conditions and upset stomachs.

When shopping for ginger ale, always check the nutritional labels on the package before assuming that the drink will automatically be healthier than another soda. Many popular ginger ale brands are loaded with just as much sugar and empty calories as other leading soda brands. They can also contain harmful chemicals which can cause an increased risk of cancer and birth defects. If you cannot find an all-natural ginger ale, at least ensure that the ginger ale you buy contains real ginger extract rather than imitation flavoring and does not contain too many calories or "mysterious" chemicals.

Regardless of what type of ginger ale you buy, always be careful to drink it only in moderation, as all ginger ale includes some amount of sugar and empty calories that, if consumed in excess, can be harmful to your health.

Possible short-term side effects

  • spike in blood sugar
  • heartburn (in excess)

Possible long-term side effects

  • weight gain
  • tooth decay
  • thinned blood

Ingredients to be aware of


  • all-natural ginger ale:
  • alleviates arthritis
  • alleviates diarrhea
  • alleviates nausea
  • may decrease risk of cancer
  • great source of antioxidants
  • promotes heart health

Healthier alternatives

  • homemade ginger ale
  • tea with ginger

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Bruce Cost Ginger Ale

  • Original unfiltered
  • Natural ginger flavor
  • 12 oz glass bottles
  • Refreshing taste
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Written by Healthy Living 35
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-01-2023

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Written by Healthy Living 35
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-01-2023

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