Ginger Ale Might NOT Be the Cure for an Upset Stomach

If ginger ale has ever made your stomach feel worse, there's a reason. Here's why that old remedy doesn't work so well.

We’re surprised and sad to learn ginger ale doesn’t actually help upset stomachs like we thought. But if that’s not the cure, what is?

Ginger Ale Does More Harm than Good

If you’re anything like us, you might have some childhood memories of your mom using old school methods when you weren’t feeling tip-top. It was all onions and garlic to stop a cold or honey and tea to soothe a sore throat. When it came to an upset stomach, her go-to was more than likely ginger ale.

Ginger ale has long been praised as the stomach cure-all, but it might not actually be as helpful as you think. Scientific studies have proven ginger ale isn’t the queasiness cure we thought it was. Make sure to look into those old remedies before passing the tradition on to your little one.

Have an upset stomach? This might be why.

If You’re Sick, Put Down That Canada Dry!

When you think ginger ale, you probably think Canada Dry. With slogans like “Made with REAL Ginger” on the packaging, it makes sense. Sadly, Canada Dry doesn’t help upset stomachs, and here’s why: While it makes for a delicious casual beverage, Canada Dry is almost pure sugar and carbonation (unlike ginger beer). Looking at the ingredients on the label, there’s no real ginger included. The amount of sugar in Canada Dry can actually make your upset stomach worse, so it’s better to stick to something with ginger listed in the ingredients.

The confusion has Canada Dry refunding customers up to $40 (if you have your receipt). If you don’t have the receipt, you can still get around $5. Canada Dry is ditching those “Made with Real Ginger” slogans so they don’t falsely advertise. That said, we still love the taste of Canada Dry. (We refuse to give it up, real ginger or not!)

Ginger ale is still the tastiest way to spice up a drink. Here are our favorite recipes.

This Is the Real Remedy

Don’t worry, beverages with actual ginger in them can still help out a rocky digestive system. Gingerroot is a natural anti-inflammatory, which is the exact opposite you’d expect from such a spicy, well, spice. It’s been proven to help with all kinds of nausea, including morning sickness. Our favorite method of taking ginger is by chopping it up and throwing it into a cup of warm tea. It’s the ultimate stomach easing trick. (It tastes amazing, too!) Otherwise, you can pop one of these ginger chews for near instant relief. They’re handy stuff!

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.