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Ginger Ale Side Effects Outweigh Health Benefits? Dangers Of Ginger-Flavored Drink Revealed

Ginger ale has a number of health benefits, but drinkers should know that it also has a lot of side effects. Hence, many experts warn that this ginger infused drink should not be consumed on the daily. The side effects are not only true for ginger-flavored carbonated soda. Some of them also apply to ginger ale with real ginger. But do these side effects outweigh the health benefits the famous beverage offers?

Ginger is a kitchen staple because of its rather delicious warm and spicy taste. It is used in different recipes, but it’s medicinal properties have prompted many people to use it as a natural remedy for certain conditions and illnesses. Ginger is also famous in the beverage industry in the form of ginger ale. Many patronize this drink thinking that their body will benefit from the nutrients ginger inherently has. Homemade ginger ale is a popular remedy for nausea and digestive issues. Singers also imbibe this drink due to a claim that it is good for their voice.

However, not too many know that drinking ginger ale also has its drawbacks. The University of Maryland Medical Center has said that drinking too much of this beverage could actually lead to gastrointestinal ailments. Heavy drinkers may experience heartburn and even diarrhea. High doses of ginger could also lead to irritation of the mouth, excess belching and upset stomach. The academic teaching hospital also warned of ginger’s negative effects to people with gallstones, pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with heart conditions and diabetes.

Ginger ale has an effect on the process of blood clotting. It slows down this process because it has properties that act like aspirin in the body. In Dr. Jonny Bowden’s book “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why,” he noted that drinking large volumes of ginger ale could have a thinning effect on blood. This is, of course, dangerous for people who are already taking medications for blood clotting.

The ginger ale carbonated drink has high sugar content like other sweet sodas. People who frequently gulp this drink are very likely to develop obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to Wow Remedies. Dental issues may also arise because too much sugar contributes to tooth decay, while the citric acid content of ginger could gradually break down tooth enamel. Citric acid is also known to irritate the digestive system in large amounts.

In conclusion, while ginger ale brings a lot of health benefits to the human body, it also has its side effects. But then again these side effects only emerge when large amounts of ginger ale are consumed. Experts say that to enjoy the health benefits of ginger ale, one should only imbibe in moderation. It’s also a must to check with a physician if ginger ale is safe for you.