The next time you’re ordering a beverage on an airplane, you might be better off getting a ginger ale than any other drink. Though pure water would probably be the healthiest option, ginger ale might help soothe travel anxiety and relax your muscles during flight. How so? Turns out ginger ale has some special nutrition behind it that other airline drinks don’t offer.
If you’re not normally a fan of ginger ale’s taste, you may like it better while flying through the clouds. Read on to find out why.
7. What Is Ginger Ale?
The simplest way to define a basic ginger ale is sweetened ginger-flavored carbonated water. Many people argue that the best ginger ales are made with real ginger, and we wholeheartedly agree. It’s the real ginger in a ginger ale that gives it a unique almost-spicy taste, plus a few health benefits.
But remember, commercially made ginger ale soda is still a soda. The benefits of ginger ale sometimes come with harmful effects from other ingredients, like high fructose corn syrup, so it’s best to enjoy this soft drink in moderation.
6. Who Created Ginger Ale?
Before we get to the benefits of drinking ginger ale on a plane, here’s a bit of fun trivia about this fizzy beverage with a kick. According to Paste Magazine, the first ginger ales were developed in the 1840s in England and Ireland. Americans later popularized a carbonated version and used it to “mask homemade or bootlegged liquor” during Prohibition.
Great ginger ale also originated in Toronto, Canada. Toronto-area chemist John J. McLaughlin perfected what is now the famous Pale Ginger Ale in the early 1900s for Canadian brand Canada Dry.