I saw this on sale at my local Native Sun and wanted to get some input (mainly about the oils) to see what my fellow Paleo's think about this. Always looking for some different beverages to mix things up a bit.
Contents: Virgil's Root Beer contains cane sugar and a number of natural spices, including anise, licorice, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, sweet birch, molasses, nutmeg, pimento berry oil (allspice), balsam oil, cassia oil and citric acid. It does not contain caffeine. It has 42 grams of sugar per 12 U.S. fluid ounce serving. One 12-oz. longneck bottle has about 160 calories.
I operate under the belief that cane sugar is acceptable from time to time. Is that wrong?
Thanks in advance.
If you're going to accept 42 grams of sugar in one go, I don't see why you'd be worrying about the other stuff. Cane sugar is just sugar, exactly the same as any other 50:50 glucose:fructose formulation.
Soda is avoided because it's the poster child of nutritionally bankrupt food, and paleo is about eating nutritionally dense food. So if you want to cheat by consuming the antithesis of a paleo food, have fun, but accept that it's a cheat and not going to garner approval from the paleo community.
If you're otherwise healthy and aren't planning on downing this stuff daily, you'll probably be fine. But paleo it ain't.
This is kind of aside from your question, but, no sugar means no sugar. Just as an experiment, try cutting sugar completely out of your diet for a week or two (try two).
You'll be surprised how much your tastes change. A piece of fruit now tastes like a candy bar (modern fruit, genetically bred and supplemented for its sugar content, has tons more sugar in it than natural fruit did in Paleo times), and unless you're a major sweet tooth, a soft drink is overwhelmingly sweet. The only way I can handle coke now is a splash in a glass of bourbon :-).
You may start to appreciate other flavors such as sour and bitter much more, and may lose your taste for the sodas altogether. As others have pointed out, a glass of sugar water is about as non-Paleo as can be and someone is sure to soapbox you about the evils of sugar and insulin...
I'd recommend checking out Steaz. They have a root beer that is actually sparkling green tea, and is quite good. I bought it at our local grocer, and was surprised to find it there. It was at the very bottom shelf, so I did not see it at first. :) This brand is also sweetened with cane sugar, but only has 19 g per serving, and it is 1.5 servings in the 12 oz glass bottle. It is USDA certified organic with it's ingredients.
Normally I don't drink anything but water, coconut water, or homemade sun tea, but I bought this as a special treat to congratulate myself on all of my hard work and success. It was around $4 for a 4-pack, and in my mind a better alternative to diet soda.
There are a wide variety of teas out there to choose from. Try experimenting.
Water with a spritz of lemon or other fruit juice is a nice change.
Unfortunately sassafras tea (authentic root beer) has been declared carcinogenic, or I would recommend that. I remember my dad made up a batch when I was a kid and it was oh so good.
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