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Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe

Who doesn’t love ginger ale? It’s calming, spritzy and has a spicy kick. But store bought ginger ale can have upwards of 9 teaspoons (36 grams) of sugar per serving.

If you’re looking for the ginger ale taste without all the added sugar, try making it at home! It’s actually very easy, if you’re patient enough to mince and then boil ginger for nearly an hour. This recipe uses only ¼ cup (12 teaspoons) of sugar for 8 servings. That's only 1.5 teaspoons per serving. I made it, and actually I would decrease the sugar even more as I found it a touch sweet for my taste.

  • If you’re keen, check out the homemade ginger ale recipe here.

Free Sugars

As you may be aware, Canada is updating the nutrition facts tables on foods to include a percent daily value of sugar and grouping sugars together in the ingredients list.

  • WHO currently recommends adults and children consume no more than 10% of their energy from free sugars. WHO’s recommendation to further reduce free sugars to 5% of total energy is conditional, in that reduced dental caries were observed in population-based studies when sugar availability decreased from 15kg per person to 0.2kg per person during the second world war. Read more here.

  • Read more about Canada’s food labeling changes here.


Summary of the Current Literature on Saturated Fats

TeamNutrition plays devil’s advocate on saturated fats. Does the research really prove that saturated fats cause cardiovascular disease? Or are certain sources of saturated fats okay? What do people replace saturated fats with when limiting them in their diets?

  • Discover the answers to all these questions and more here.


Eating Disorders, Body Image and Digestive Disorders Online Courses

Interested in improving your skills in eating disorders, body image, digestive disorders or simply honing your counseling skills? Dietitian Marci Evans offers online courses on these topics including course bundles. Individual courses are $397-$497, and bundles $715-$1150. Check them out here.

Curated by Caroline Spurr, RD


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