Tonic water sounds like a magical beverage.
Water is essential to life, and a "tonic" is defined as a "medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigor or well-being."
Tonic water does in fact have origins as a medicinal beverage, as it originally consisted of just carbonated water and quinine.
The later is a medication that's long been used as a treatment/preventative measure for malaria.
But over the years, tonic water has essentially become a soft drink.
The second ingredient in Schweppes Tonic Water is sugar, and a 250ml serving (equal to about 8.5 fluid ounces) packs 22 grams of sugar.
Tonic water has long been considered an effective home remedy for muscle cramps, but the Harvard Women's Health Watch warns there's no evidence behind this idea and that modern tonic waters likely contain too little quinine to stifle cramps.
The health effects of this beverage are compounded when mixed with gin to create the popular gin and tonic, which leads us to our next beverage…
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