What is the difference between root beer and sarsaparilla?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question,”What is the difference between root beer and sarsaparilla?”, and discuss what root beer is. We will also discuss how root beer is made and the health benefits of root beer, along with what sarsaparilla is, how it is made and benefits of sarsaparilla.

What is the difference between root beer and sarsaparilla?

The difference between root beer and sarsaparilla is that root was initially made from the sassafras tree roots whereas sarsaparilla is made from the wine of the sarsaparilla. 

What is root beer?

Root beer is also a type of a drink which is heavily ingrained in American culture. It contains a mixture of flavours such as added vanilla, wintergreen, licorice root, nutmeg, acacia, anise, molasses, cinnamon, clove and honey.

Previously, sassafras was added as an ingredient in the formation of root beers, but modern production of root beers do not contain sassafras. 

How is root beer made?

Root beer is made by the fermentation of herb mixtures (vanilla, licorice, wintergreen, cherry bark, sarsaparilla root, nutmeg, anise and molasses) by using sugar and yeast. The process of fermentation produces carbon dioxide which makes the drink carbonated giving it an effervescent flavour. Water is added to the fermentation mixture and is ready in a few days, It is then refrigerated to stop fermentation. Root beer is then sold in bottles or kegs. 

Root beers are made at home by grinding the herbs and simmering in a gallon of water with the addition of sugar and yeast. The sugar and yeast are stirred and the mixture is then poured in bottles and allowed to sit at room temperatures for about 2 days. 

Making root beers at home turns out to have some amount of alcohol. 

What are the health benefits of root beer?

Health benefits of root beer include cleansing blood, promoting the health of skin, preventing gas and easing digestion, easing nerve pains, and the treatment of ulcers due to the presence of sarsaparilla, licorice, and wintergreens.

What is a sarsaparilla?

Sarsaparilla is a tropical plant which belongs to the genus Smilax. It is a climby, woody vine which is found in South America, Jamaica, West Indies, Honduras, Mexico and the Caribbean. The taste of sarsaparilla drink is similar to root beer or birch beer.

Sarsaparilla is a drink made from the sarsaparilla extract with a slightly bitter profile or a bold flavour. Liquorice is mostly used by producers to alleviate the strong flavour. Modern sarsaparilla drinks do not contain sarsaparilla or sassafras but they do contain natural or artificial flavours mimicking their taste.

Sarsaparilla is made from the use of liquorice and ginger root, vanilla bean sarsaparilla root and molasses. The process of making sarsaparilla involves 3 days of extraction of the flavours from the ingredients used. 

How is sarsaparilla made?

1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon of yeast and roots (1 ginger root, 1 vanilla root, 1 licorice root, 1 barley grass root, 1 birch oil root) are added to the bottle and the bottle is filled with cold water and 1 lemon is squeezed into the bottle. The solution is allowed to be brewed for 4 days, and the beverage is strained for wreckage.

What are the health benefits of sarsaparilla?

Sarsaparilla is beneficial for treating psoriasis and skin lesions because of the presence of a bioactive substance called sarsaponin  which binds to the toxins that cause the abnormal skin conditions.

Sarsaparilla is also an anti-inflammatory agent and is thus useful for the treatment and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain and gout. It acts as an antibacterial in a disease called syphilis (which is caused by a bacterium).

Sarsaparilla is also shown to reduce the risk of cancer and protects the liver but these statements are not backed by scientific evidence. It is also used in herbal mixtures acting as a synergist, thus improving the bioavailability and absorption of other supplements and herbs.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we answered the question,”What is the difference between root beer and sarsaparilla?”, and discussed what root beer is. We have also discussed how root beer is made and the health benefits of root beer, along with what sarsaparilla is, how it is made and benefits of sarsaparilla.

References

https://www.delightedcooking.com/how-is-root-beer-made.htm
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/sarsaparilla
https://www.instructables.com/How-to-make-Sarsaparilla/?amp_page=true

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