Good For You - Ginger
Ginger is a marvelous spice used in baking to liven up cookies, cakes, muffins, breads, and of course, Gingerbread Houses. Crystallized ginger is a popular confectionary, and ginger beer (or ale) is a tasty carbonated beverage with stomach soothing properties.
Fresh ginger is usually available at your local grocery store. Look for a root that is smooth, tan-coloured, and without cracks or wrinkles. It has a spicy flavour with a hint of citrus that perks up Chinese, Caribbean, East Indian, Japanese and North African dishes. It can also be used as a meat tenderizer, as it contains high levels of enzymes that assist in protein breakdown.
Ginger’s Effect on the Body
Fresh ginger has been a staple of herbal healers for centuries. In fact, researchers have identified more than 20 different medicinal functions for ginger. Ginger is most commonly known for its effectiveness as a digestive aid. By increasing the production of digestive fluids and saliva, ginger helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Other common uses for Ginger Root include treatment of motion and morning sickness, and reduction of pain and inflammation in arthritis, rheumatism and muscle spasm. Ginger also has heat-generating capabilities, so a hot ginger tea can increase circulation to those cold fingers and toes!
Does Ginger Burn Fat???
Ginger is also currently being investigated as a potential weapon in the battle of the bulge. Preliminary tests show that ginger boosts thermogenesis (calorie burning) by somehow affecting the nervous system. Still, researchers are a long way off from proving its fat burning properties. But for now, enjoy ginger for the zing, and if it burns off a few extra calories…bonus!
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