What’s the deal with fizzy drinks?

What’s the deal with fizzy drinks?

Years ago, before I even knew what fizzy drinks were, I used to read the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder to my kids. They loved the stories of frontier kids in the untamed west, and I especially enjoyed reading the descriptions of the food Ma put on the table. (Cornmeal pudding? Pig bladder?)

But one part in particular stuck out to me, even then. The passage came just after an explanation of how hard Laura and Pa had worked in the fields. They are weary and sunbaked and direly in need of refreshment.

Then Laura’s sister appears with a bucket of…something. Allow me to quote:

“Ma had sent them ginger-water. She had sweetened the cool well-water with sugar, flavored it with vinegar, and put in plenty of ginger to warm their stomachs so they could drink till they were not thirsty. Ginger-water would not make them sick, as plain cold water would when they were so hot.”

– (Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter)

Ginger water with vinegar. This, ladies and gentleman, is a fizzy drink. And, at the time Laura was a little girl, this kind of beverage was normal, expected. It was common knowledge in the 1800s, it seems, that ginger-water “would not make them sick” and was somehow better than drinking ordinary water.

And now? Well, we still like our “fizz.” That hasn’t changed. But now the fizz is drenched in sugar and chemicals and sold under the names of Pepsi, Gatorade, Mountain Dew, and Coca-Cola. These drinks aren’t hiding; their detrimental effects on human health are widely documented and accepted. And yet we drink them anyway.

How far we have fallen.

You see, real fizzy drinks are not just “not bad for you” — they’re incredible vehicles for good. Throughout the world, these lactic-acid drinks have been valued for their medicinal, health-strengthening properties. In fact, they’re often considered superior to water for their ability to satiate the body during physical exercise or labor. Modern science confirms that the naturally-dilute sugars and naturally-formed mineral ions (electrolytes) found in fizzy drinks, are absorbed faster than plain water.

In the end, the modern habits of consuming high-sugar, chemical-ridden sports drinks, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages are poor alternatives for true, naturally fermented fizzy drinks.

Pepsi just can’t compare. Especially when you learn how easy it is to make your own delicious drinks.

It’s time to reclaim real fizzy drinks. Your body — and the bodies of your children — are at stake.