Is Ginger Good For You?
We know it’s a tasty and fiery staple ingredient, but is ginger actually healthy?
When we’re talking about ginger in cooking we mean the earthy root of the Zingiber flowering plant that’s native to South East Asia. It can be used in a myriad of different forms – it can either be eaten fresh, dried, powdered, infused in oil or even juiced.
But why is ginger good for you?
Is ginger good for you?
This fiery root is often labelled with the term superfood, but what does this mean when it comes to ginger? It’s small, mighty and gram-for-gram packs an impressive flavourful punch as well as:
- Treating chronic indigestion
- Improving brain functionality
- Countering nausea
- Lowering cholesterol
- Aiding weight loss
- Helping cases of osteoarthritis according to studies
- Lowering blood sugars and reducing heart disease-related risks
- Easing menstrual pain
- Helping to ease a hangover
Our favourite recipes with fresh ginger
To get the best health benefits from ginger root, it’s advised to eat it fresh and raw. This is verging on an acquired taste.
We love putting a hearty chunk in smoothies and juices for a fresh, zingy taste or steeping it in hot water with some lemon and maple syrup (so long as you remember to eat the ginger at the end) is a nice option too.
If you’re wanting to incorporate it in a dish, how about trying Toni’s fragrant and creamy Jamaican sweet potato and black bean curry? It’s the ultimate warming dish, sweet with a hidden kick.
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.