Not only does ginger allow you to burn belly fat more effectively, it can also help you control your cholesterol levels.
Research shows that participants saw a significant drop in their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by taking 5 grams of ginger every day. An older case in 2008 resulted in similar findings after participants took 3 grams of ginger per day and their cholesterol dropped by 10% over 45 days.
5. Helps Treat Chronic Indigestion
A cup of warm ginger water has long been a traditional (and effective) remedy for indigestion. Unlike some traditional treatments, this one has been scientifically proven.
A 2011 study found that ginger sped up the emptying of the stomach. The stomachs of participants who received ginger were cleared of food in 12.3 minutes, on average, compared to 16.1 minutes for the placebo group.
Besides these health benefits, our ginger lemonade recipe also has very little added sugar — around 20% of the USDA’s recommendation. It’s a low-calorie and low-carb beverage.
What You’ll Need for This Recipe
Lemons, sugar, ginger, water, mint leaves for garnish and ice are included, similar to our lemonade recipe. You can skip the ice if you like and use hot water to make a soothing beverage that’s perfect for cold days.
If you love tea, feel free to brew your favorite tea for use in place of hot water. The drink will wake your body right up and give you the necessary nutrients for the day.
Is It Good to Drink It Every Day?
Here are a few things you should know about this drink.
1. It’s Acidic
So far, there is no evidence to suggest that acidic foods are harmful to our body’s health. However, their story is different for our teeth.
To prevent this without having to cut down on acidic drinks, experts recommend reducing contact between our teeth and the drinks. This can be done by using a straw or simply by rinsing the mouth with warm water as soon as you finish your drink.
2. It Has Added Sugar
Our ginger lemonade (like most drinks) is sweetened with granulated sugar, which the USDA certainly doesn’t encourage us to go wild on. They say the calories from added sugar (including granulated sugar) should not exceed 10% of your day’s calories.
Therefore, although this drink only has 10 grams of sugar, it takes up about 20% of the recommended allotment. Ultimately, each person should consume less than 51.6 grams of sugar each day.
In conclusion, as long as you’re watching your sugar intake and practicing good oral hygiene, you can have this drink daily.
How to Store
If you’re going for the iced version, you can make a large pitcher and store it in your fridge. Serve it in a glass of ice whenever you want, but try to use it up within two days.
To keep the drink for longer, you can also portion it into individual containers or Ziploc bags to toss in the freezer. It stays good for months, and when it thaws it’s already chilled without any ice.
If you prefer a hot version of the drink, measure all ingredients (except water) beforehand and refrigerate them in a bowl. When you need a hot cup of ginger lemonade, simply stir the mixture into some hot water.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
This ginger lemonade is SO refreshing and delicious! The perfect balance of sweet, tart, and spicy notes make it a great drink for the summer months.