Ginger ale’s history is 3 centuries long. It is thought to have began in Europe or Ireland, later traveling to the shores of America. It was in 1907, that John McLaughlin became a dry ginger ale pioneer, by brewing Canada Dry ginger ale, which lists real ginger in it’s ingredients.
Ginger ale has been a staple in many homes, for my entire life. When I was in elementary school, Ginger ale was utilized at every birthday party I attended, and even my own parties. In addition to drinking Ginger ale, it was also poured over the ice cream, and added to kool-aid or other soft drinks to enhance the flavor.
Whenever my brothers or I had a tummy ache, great grandma always gave us Ginger ale, to help us feel better. I also know people who add Ginger ale to various alcoholic beverages. New research however, suggests that Ginger ale on a daily basis may be bad for our health.
Canada Dry ginger ale is a popular brand, which derives its sweet taste from sugar, glucose, and fructose. In May of 2009 a medical research study was published in the “Journal of Clinical Investigation.” it revealed, that fructose-sweetened beverages may make your body’s cells more insulin, resistant, which is a prime factor in the development of diabetes.
I believe this to be true, because at the time my husband was first considered to be diabetic, he was drinking 3 or 4 glasses of various soft drinks daily. Today, in addition to other changes in his diet, he only drinks an occasional ginger ale, or other soft drinks, and his blood sugar levels are being maintained within normal ranges. He is also no longer taking medication or insulin injections..
Canada dry diet ginger ale also comes under scrutiny because instead of sugar it uses aspartame. There are conflicting reports as to whether or not this sugar substitute is healthy. In 2002 the United States government recalled aspartame, listing 92 possible side effects. Today the FDA has given Aspartame the green light.
The Harvard School of Public Health recommends consuming soft drinks on a limited basis, or avoiding them all together. In the late 1970’s I remember drinking a can soft drink every day for lunch when I first began working. I saw co-workers for decades drink a diet soda every day.
If you enjoy the taste of ginger ale, and the enhanced flavor it brings to other drinks, please keep this information in mind. if you ar unable to totally abstain, at least drink in moderation. The ounce of prevention, is always better than the pound of cure.