A and W Root Beer: Sugary syrup

May 17, 2012 |

I always thought that root beer is a healthy naturally flavored beverage. Not exactly. Yes, quillaia extract is a natural ingredient. According to the Wikipedia: Quillaia is the milled inner bark or small stems and branches of the soapbark. It contains a high concentration of saponins and is used to enhance vaccines. That’s it, nothing else for you to benefit from the A & W Root Beer.

DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!

A & W Root Beer: Risk and NutritionA & W Root Beer: Risk and Nutrition

Because of three foreign food additives (red segments in the diagram) a drink of the root beer will expose you to substantial chemical risk of DDFI = 19/8 ~ 2.4 and will give you ridiculously poor nutritional value of DDNF = 8/22 ~ 0.4. See below for more detail.

Although A&W Root Beer is made without artificial food dyes, it contains whooping 75 g of sugar (that is ~19 teaspoons!) and 580 calories per 20 OZ bottle! Looks like A & W Root Beer is sugary syrup that should be served with pancakes.

Too much sugar makes you sick and stupid

IdiotYes, sugar and HFCS are macro-nutrients  our body needs to function well but too much of anything is detrimental to our health. In the year of 2000 average American consumed 64 pounds of HFCS totaling 152 pounds of overall sugars a year per capita, see Profiling Food Consumption in America. In 1822, the average American ate the amount of sugar found in one of today’s 12-ounce sodas every 5 days. Now, we eat that much every 7 hours. On the 2009 data American adults eat 22 teaspoons of sugar a day; teens eat 34 teaspoons. No wonder, they say the nation is in the health crisis. Above all, recent research shows that too much sugar can make you stupid.

Better alternatives. You can drink Culligan filtered water for $1.11 per 3 gallons or you may want to choose mineral water for $1.50 a bottle.

Mineral waterCut back sugar, people. Hydrate yourself right!

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  1. benamore says:

    Yesterday I bought 2 bottles of A and W root beer. I like the taste, but I drink 3 cups a day. Is that okay?

    • DyeDiet DyeDiet says:

      I don’t think 3 cups a day are of any harm. But it depends on your lifestyle. Balancing physical activity is the key:
      running, hiking, cycling, moderate weight-lifting, etc… Calories are not a problem as long as you burn them all.

    • gigi says:

      nope !! i do too but now i will stop

  2. DyeDiet DyeDiet says:

    Eat more protein containing food like poultry, meats, eggs, dairy products and exercise well.