Food of the Month: Ginger the Great


December 19, 2012

Care of Karen Soper

Ginger grows in many tropical areas such as southern China, Japan, West Africa, and the Caribbian Islands. Canada wasn’t meant to grow ginger, however with our extreme cold weather we are grateful to consume this tropical root.
It is very warming, energizing and it stimulates circulation, all the things we need in the next several months in Canada.  Ginger is commonly used to treat nausea and motion sickness, plus it’s found to be very helpful with the nausea of pregnancy.  It also acts as a digestive stimulant and therefore can be used to improve weak digestion.  In fact, ginger actually contains compounds that resemble digestive enzymes so it can help to digest protein rich meals.
Try boiling a few slices of ginger root in 2 cups of water and drinking 30 minutes before a meal.  Some researchers in Australia studied ginger’s thermal effects and discovered it can raise body temperature and assist the body with weight loss due to its ability to cause sweating.

And if we haven’t convinced you yet, ginger is also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, potassium and vitamin A.  Plus it contains antioxidants called gingerols.

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