Ginger is available in so many forms. You can get it fresh, in capsules, or as a tea. It’s also available in both ginger beer and ginger ale. But do you know the difference?
Ginger beer or ginger brew is a fermented beverage. That’s why it’s fizzy! Ingredients include yeast, sugar, and fresh ginger. It’s like a fancier version of ginger ale. Despite the name, ginger beer is not alcoholic.
Ginger ale is a soft drink. It’s made with carbonated water, sugar, and ginger extract. If you buy ginger ale in America, the sugar is usually high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). As a type of soda, finding it is easier than ginger beer. The bubbles are caused by carbonation and not fermentation.
Always buy natural ginger beer or ale. Some brands are sweetened with something other than HFCS, like monk fruit or real sugar. Avoid artificial extracts.
Because of the ginger, both drinks offer health benefits. Here’s how they can help you:
Benefits Of Drinking Ginger Beer And Ginger Ale
1. Relieve Nausea
In America, ginger ale is the go-to remedy for nausea. It’s all thanks to the active compounds in ginger called gingerols. These substances have a strong association with nausea relief.
However, ginger beer works similar magic. The use of whole ginger might even amplify the effect. After all, both ginger and ginger extract are amazing for queasiness.1
2. Cure Motion Sickness
Sometimes, nausea develops when you’re traveling by car, train, plane, or boat. This is known as motion sickness. Other symptoms include cold sweats, dizziness, and vomiting.5
It can make traveling a drag! Luckily, since gingerols reduce nausea, ginger ale and ginger beer will save the day. Ginger will also calm down vomiting.6
Of course, it’s hard to make ginger tea on the go. That’s why ginger ale and ginger beer come in handy.
3. Treat A Sore Throat
Got a sore throat? Drink a ginger beverage. Gingerols are analgesic, which means they can relieve pain.
The other active compounds in ginger are called shogoals. Both gingerols and shogaols have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and antimicrobial properties.7 To top it off, ginger will give your immunity a boost.8
Together, these benefits will help your body fight a sore throat.
Keep in mind that the carbonation of both drinks might cause burping. This may hurt if your sore throat is severe. In that case, opt for cold or hot non-carbonated drinks.
Before buying a ginger ale, look at the ingredients. HFCS should not be on the list. High intakes are linked to conditions like obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver.9
Both of these beverages have sugar. To avoid tooth decay, always brush your teeth after drinking. It’s even more crucial with ginger ale, which may have added acids that will erode your teeth. Again, buy natural versions when possible.
Enjoy these drinks in moderation. Don’t depend on ginger to fix your health! Fuel up on other fluids like fresh fruit juice, low-fat milk, and water.
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|↑5||Motion Sickness. MedlinePlus.|
|↑6||Ginger. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
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|↑9||Bray, George A. “Energy and fructose from beverages sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup pose a health risk for some people.” Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal 4, no. 2 (2013): 220-225.|