Nausea is often typically caused by a chemical reaction in a person’s stomach and digestive system.
Sodas such as Pepsi are well known for inducing burping which releases gas from the stomach.
I wanted to know whether sodas such as Pepsi help with nausea, and here’s what I found.
Nausea and an upset stomach often go hand in hand.
Below I will cover if there are any specific sodas that are better than others to relieve the effects of an upset stomach and nausea.
As well as, the results of the survey, and why carbonated drinks are good for nausea.
Is Pepsi Good for an Upset Stomach?
Some people get an upset stomach reasonably often, whereas others only get it now and then or if they eat certain foods.
There are some tried and true methods for treating an upset stomach, but here is whether Pepsi helps when you have an upset stomach.
To get an accurate idea of whether sodas such as Pepsi work for an upset stomach or nausea, I compiled some data.
The question was: do sodas help with nausea and an upset stomach? People responded either yes or no.
Here is a table that shows the results:
|Do sodas help you with nausea or an upset stomach||Number of responses||Percent of total responses|
(source: collated data from Reddit threads)
As you may know from high school statistics, the larger the number of responses the more accurate the finding.
However, anything around 30 responses is enough to be statistically significant and can be relied on.
From this survey, it’s clear that the VAST majority of people find that sodas help with nausea and an upset stomach.
Whereas, only a few people find they have no effect.
Many of the people that responded said it helps with morning sickness, and nausea related to pregnancy.
Therefore, chances are sodas such as Pepsi will help or alleviate nausea and an upset stomach for you.
Interestingly, some people found some sodas work better than others.
For example, some people swear by Dr Pepper or plain soda water.
Some people reported that when they feel bloated, it’s often because of gas in their stomachs.
They report that when they drink sodas, it helps them burp, which alleviates their upset stomach.
The advice of medical professionals about sodas for nausea
Medical professionals recommend a few things to relieve nausea and an upset stomach.
However, interestingly, they do not recommend soda.
In fact, the University of Nebraska Medical School says to avoid drinking carbonated or caffeinated beverages (source).
The medical professionals at Healthline state that ginger is a well-known treatment for an upset stomach, however, they point out accurately that most ginger ale brands do not contain ginger.
However, they do state that cold liquids can alleviate an upset stomach and nausea.
And to avoid spicy food and fried foods.
In my opinion, based on what people have reported about the positive effects of soda on an upset stomach and nausea, it’s at least worth a try.
If you find it works for you, then you will know it’s a go-to when you have an upset stomach or nausea.
The main thing to be aware of is that sodas have quite a high amount of sugar.
So, you shouldn’t consume more than a cup per day to stay under the recommended daily sugar intake.
Does Coca Cola Help Your Stomach Settle?
After a meal, some foods and some combinations of foods can cause a bad reaction.
In effect, people feel bloated, get acid reflux, or feel a bit sick a few hours after eating.
Antacids are commonly consumed to help with this, but here is whether sodas like Coca-cola help your stomach to settle.
But various sodas work better for other people.
I think you should try well-known brands such as Pepsi, Coke, and Dr Pepper.
People also report that Sprite works very well.
People overwhelmingly report that sodas work well for them, especially for morning sickness and the more frequent feelings of nausea during pregnancy.
If you find they aren’t working and you frequently get nausea or an upset stomach, you are likely allergic to a certain type of food.
And it’s best to experiment with the combinations of foods you eat, and certain types of foods.
For example, a small percentage of people react badly to common foods like tomatoes, potatoes, and onions.
Can Carbonated Drinks Help With Nausea?
There are two broad types of carbonated beverages, soft drinks, and stiff drinks.
Soft drinks contain no alcohol, whereas stiff drinks is a lesser-used term to refer to carbonated and alcoholic beverages.
Nausea is often made worse by drinking alcohol, but here is whether carbonated drinks in general, can help with nausea.
The most well-known carbonated drinks that contain alcohol are beer and mixed drinks such as whisky and Coke.
While these aren’t typically used to treat an upset stomach, you may find consuming a small amount of them will also help with an upset stomach.
The reason is the fact that they are fizzy, is what helps relieve the symptoms of nausea and an upset stomach.
But, as you are likely aware, consuming too much, incredibly very quickly, often causes people to vomit due to the large amounts of alcohol.
Does Ginger Ale Help With an Upset Stomach?
Ginger and similar herbs/vegetables are known to have a calming effect on the body and have various health benefits.
Not all ginger ales contain real ginger, but many people report sodas generally provide relief for an upset stomach.
But, here is if Ginger Ale helps explicitly with an upset stomach.
Which soda works the best for an upset stomach varies, so it’s worth trying a few different ones.
Also, only Canadian Club ginger ale contains natural ginger.
So, you may find it works better than other types of ginger ale that use ginger flavoring rather than real ginger.