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Soda and Belly Fat

Soda and Belly Fat

A new study found that people who drink sugary sodas gain fat around their midsection, which is the worst possible place. Fat ends up wrapped around their internal organs, researchers reported recently. People who drank the most sugar sweetened drinks gained 27 percent more of the visceral fat than people who never or almost never drank them, the researchers found.

These findings indicate that it is imperative that we cut back on sugar. Just last week the federal government advised people to get no more than 10 percent of their calories from added sugar. Personally, I think that is too much. “To policy makers, this study adds another piece of evidence to the growing body of research suggesting sugar-sweetened beverages may be harmful to our health.”2

So if you love bubbly sweet drinks, what are you to do? Make your own. Take sparkling water and add a splash of your favorite fruit juice. Or try the ginger ale recipe below.

 

Notes:

1 http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-drinks/soft-drinks-and-disease/

2 http://www.today.com/health/soda-drinkers-pile-fat-all-wrong-places-study-finds-t66381

 

DIY Stevia Sweetened Ginger Ale

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 8.02.56 AMINGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled ginger (7 ounces)
  • 2 cups purified water
  • Stevia drops to taste (recommend Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme)
  • About 1 quart sparkling water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Sea salt

PREPARATION

To make ginger syrup:

  • Cook ginger in water in a small saucepan at a low simmer, partially covered, 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep, covered, 20 minutes.
  • Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, pressing on ginger and then discarding. Add stevia and a pinch of salt. Chill syrup in a covered jar until cold.

To assemble the drink:

  • Mix ginger syrup with sparkling water and lime juice (start with 1/4 cup syrup and 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice per 3/4 cup sparkling water, then adjust to taste.

Note:

Ginger syrup keeps, chilled, 1 week.

Adapted from Epicurious http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/homemade-ginger-ale-358033

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