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How to incorporate more ginger into your diet
Ginger pairs well with many different types of seafood, oranges, melon, pork, pumpkin and apples. When buying fresh ginger, look for a root with smooth, taut skin (no wrinkles) and a spicy aroma.
Store fresh ginger in a tightly wrapped plastic bag in the refrigerator or freezer.
Fresh ginger should be peeled and grated before use. In most recipes, one-eighth teaspoon of ground ginger can be substituted for one tablespoon of fresh grated ginger. Ground ginger can be found in the herbs and spices section of most grocery stores.
Ginger can be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea - a slice of lemon can be added for a bit of zing.
- Add fresh ginger into your next smoothie or juice
- Add fresh or dried ginger to your next stir-fry or homemade salad dressing
- Steep peeled fresh ginger in boiling water to make your own ginger tea
- Use fresh or dried ginger to spice up any fish recipe.
Or, try these tasty ginger recipes developed by a registered dietitian:
- Spicy cinnamon ginger roasted carrots
- Maple gingerbread cookies
- Winter vegetable soup
- Spicy Chinese stir fry
- Cilantro-lime tuna burgers
- Slow cooker Thai coconut curry
- Cure-all juice
Potential health risks of consuming ginger
Natural ginger is safe for most people and causes little to no known side effects. It may exacerbate symptoms of acid reflux in some people. The effectiveness and side effects from ginger supplements will vary by brand and formulation.
It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a diet with a variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.
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Alternatively, read our article about the top 10 healthy foods for your daily diet.