The Real Ginger Ale

Ginger Ale can be such a refreshing—and healthy—beverage, especially if you make your own. It tastes much better, more real than most on the market today, plus homemade ginger ale would provide some of the health benefits of ginger. 1)


If you look at a bottle of the typical store-bought ginger ale you will that ginger is not listed. Investigation reveals the ginger in Canada Dry Ginger Ale is lumped under ‘Natural Flavorings”. But if Canada Dry did have enough ginger to actually benefit from the therapeutic health benefits of ginger, it would be rendered unhealthy due to all the sugars and other detrimental ingredients. Worse, it often has high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in it, which is proven to cause disease and obesity. In addition to that, a 12 oz can of ginger ale contains 9 teaspoons of sugar!! That’s three tablespoons in just 12 ounces.2)

A 12 oz can of ginger ale contains 8-9 teaspoons of sugar!

This Canada Dry Ginger Ale contains high fructose corn syrup and 8 teaspoons of sugar in a 12 oz serving:

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Canada Dry Ginger Ale ingredients, at 32 grams of sugar (and HFCS) per 12 oz serving.

And, this organic version: Blue Sky Organic Ginger Ale contains organic cane sugar, and no ginger listed, though again, it is likely there is ginger juice there under “natural flavors”. But this ginger ale contains over 9 teaspoons of sugar (almost 10 teaspoons!!) at 39 grams per 12 oz serving.

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Blue Sky Organic Ginger Ale, contains almost 10 teaspoons of sugar at 39 grams per 12 oz serving.

No one needs that blow to their health. All the more reason to make your own.

So if you enjoy ginger ale, maybe time to venture into making your own—and grow your own—ginger!5)

When you make your own ginger ale, keep in mind that it can take some time for our taste buds to become more sensitive to subtle and fresher flavors after being bombarded with loads of sugar, salt and flavor additives in everything. So test and tweak the recipe until it suits you just right. Then, sit back and enjoy this treat, knowing it’s tasty and healthy too!

See the homemade ginger ale recipe on page 2.

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