The many uses and benefits of ginger

Nowadays, ginger is very popular, thanks to its beneficial properties. Let’s see which they are and let’s learn how to use it in our recipes!

Ginger is a well-known plant with many beneficial properties. It has an almost spicy flavor. The part of the plant we use is called rootstock and it is often mistaken for a tuber. Of course, as for all natural products, it has side effects. Let’s see its pros and cons and how to use it.

Properties

Ginger is rich in proteins, carbohydrates, water, amino acids, mineral salts (manganese, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron) and group B and E vitamins. These are the nutritional values for 100g of fresh ginger:

  • 80 Kcal;
  • 1,82g proteins;
  • 17,77g carbohydrates;
  • 1,7g sugars;
  • 0,75g fats;
  • 0mg cholesterol;
  • 2g fibers;
  • 13mg sodium.

Ginger: benefits

Its high content of vitamins and minerals make this plant an amazing supplement to prevent seasonal diseases. However, it is also a good natural method against cough, flu and cold. Moreover, it is a digestive, it helps reducing stomach swelling, nausea and vertigos other than fighting constipation.

Eastern medicine uses it to cure osteoarthritis, flu and heart diseases. Furthermore, it has natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties. Finally, it fights halitosis and has anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties, especially against colon and ovary cancer.

Ginger: side effects

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Unfortunately, this food has also cons. first of all, it stimulates the production of bile, therefore people suffering from gallstones or gallbladder diseases should avoid it.

Moreover, as it has laxative and diuretic properties, it is not indicated for people suffering from irritable bowel, because it can cause diarrhea and swelling. Also people with gastritis should not eat too much ginger, because it can cause ulcers.

Finally, pregnant or breastfeeding women and people following a certain therapy should avoid it, especially if you are taking oral blod thinners, anti-inflammatory medicines and anti-platelet drugs.

How to use it in your recipes

Let’s see how to use this food in our recipes. One of the easiest way is to prepare a detox water by putting peeled ginger pieces in cold water, together with some slices of cucumber and lemon. You will have a detox and refreshing drink.

As an alternative, you can prepare hot ginger herbal teas, perfect against flu and fever. According to the recipe, you just need to put some pieces of this product in hot water for 5 minutes. If you like, you can add a cinnamon bar and some slices of lemon. Sweeten your herbal tea with honey and drink before it gets cold.

Powdered ginger can be used to season savoury and sweet dishes, such as the classic Christmas biscuits. Tehir recipen is very easy. In a bowl, mix 300f of flour, 120g of sugar and two tablespoon of ginger. Then, add 150g of butter and an egg. Mix until homogeneous, store it in your fridge for 30 minutes, then spread the dough out and create your biscuits. Finally, bake them at 180° C for 20 minutes!

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ultimo aggiornamento: 17-05-2019