Christmas time brings with it many different culinary delights and one of those is gingerbread and gingerbread men.   Not only does gingerbread taste terrific, ginger is very healthy for you.   Ginger is a digestive aid. Specifically ginger can…

  • Help with nausea relief by encouraging your stomach to empty providing some relief due to chemotherapy, and pregnancy.
  • Reduce bloating and gas by cutting down on fermentation and constipation.
  • Limit wear and tear on cells thanks to the antioxidants in ginger.
  • Possibly limit inflammation as many of its compounds anti-inflammatory agents.

Both fresh ginger root and ginger powder contain all the healthy compounds of ginger but fresh ginger is tastier.  Ginger supplements, however, are less effective.  Many supplements contain other ingredients and it may not be of good quality.  It is always best to use the actual food instead of supplements.

Ginger can be used in many ways including baking (gingerbread), in stir-fries, soups, candies (chocolate covered candied ginger), and pickled (often used for sushi).

Ginger is safe for most people to eat as an additive to foods as mentioned above.  Higher consumption (such as taking too many supplements) can increase the risk of bleeding.  People on anti-coagulant therapy (blood thinners) should be cautious and talk to their doctor.

Ginger tea is a great way to add more ginger into your day.  It is easy to make and will warm you up on a cold winter day.

How to Make Ginger Tea

  • Trim off the tough knots and dry ends of fresh ginger.
  • Carefully peel it.
  • Cut it into thin, crosswise slices.
  • Put a few of the slices in a cup or mug.
  • Pour in boiling water and cover.

To get all the goodness of the ginger, let the slices steep for at least 10 minutes.

Here is a truly Canadian gingerbread recipe.

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