Thursday, September 21The Voice of London

Coca-Cola goes ginger this summer…for the health-conscious Australians, but how healthy is it actually?

What does coke and ginger have in common? Well… it’s the new refreshing twist that Coca-Cola launched just for Australia and New Zealand to tempt health-conscious people for the summer season.

Reporter:Maria-Christina Chougkaeva | Sub-editor: Visnja Marjanovic 

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With people getting into healthy lifestyles, the soda company thought it would be a great idea to combine the number one drink with the perfect ingredient that makes everyone feel healthy and at the same time boost their flat sales.

According to Coca-Cola South Pacific, ginger flavoured drinks were up 6 percent over the past year.  Bundaberg, a company that produces ginger beer has been a favourite since it launched back in 1960.

Many fans of coke as well as ginger fans have already tried out the limited edition but it seems that people are undecided on whether the Ginger Coke is a hit or just gross.

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Ginger in general, originated from China and has many health and beauty benefits. It contains gingerol which helps with digestion, nausea and the flu. It has many powerful anti-diabetic properties, meaning that it lowers blood sugars and improves heart disease risks. It can also, reduce menstrual pain and is very effective when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period. Apart from that it can prevent cancer. According to PMC, a study of 30 individuals, 2 grams of ginger extract per day significantly reduced pro-inflammatory signalling molecules in the colon. Studies have proved that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain and improve brain function in elderly women. This just proves of how much healthy this spice is but ironically it is combined with a product, which is not so healthy…

 

Coke attacks our enamel in our teeth, it causes addiction and it makes us feel hungry and thirsty for more. But when it comes to more serious health risks this beverage may affect us even worse.

Coca-Cola contains caffeine, which can contribute to physical and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and headaches. It contains 39 grams of sugar, which with constant consumption may increase type 2 diabetes. The famous beverage contains 140 ‘empty’ calories, meaning that they do not actually add any beneficial nutrients into our diet, apart from extra weight gain.

Guess this ginger twist is not that healthy after all!

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Source: Instagram @jessie.mac.88

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But if you are not a health-conscious person and you would still like to try out Ginger Coke, yet don’t live in Australia… We still have the solution for you…boiled coke with Ginger.

Boiled coke with ginger is a Chinese remedy that can be drunk hot just to get the burning sensation.That is where the caffeine in the Coke awakens the senses and the ginger warms the body. But if you prefer drinking it cold then you just leave it to cool and then add ice cubes or just place it in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Recipe:

1 can coke

1 inch ginger (for spicy)- 1 inch per 250ml will make it better

Lemon slices

Slice the ginger and add to a pan with the Coke and let it shimmer. Pour into a cup, add the lemon and enjoy…

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