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Healthy Food Database - Ginger

Ginger has been revered in Indian and Chinese civilizations for over 5000 years for its powerful health-imparting properties. Its thick, tuberous rhizomes (underground stems), referred to as the roots, are used in cooking and medicinally. Ginger's volatile oils are believed to cure dandruff, by combining ginger and olive oil to use directly on the scalp.

Buy fresh firm and crisp roots. It should be neither bent or wrinkled, and should snap crisply when broken.

Store ginger in a paper bag in the fridge to stay fresh
Category: Spice
In Season: all year
To Buy: Buy fresh firm and crisp roots. It should be neither bent or wrinkled, and should snap crisply when broken. Can be bought dried in a powder in varying degrees of quality. Buy powdered ginger from a reputable supplier to ensure good quality.
To Store: Store for up to two weeks in the crisper section of the refrigerator. Keep dry. Powdered ginger should be kept in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 18 months.
Tips & Tricks: For bouncing good health, add a knob of fresh ginger to juices first thing in the morning. Ginger adds sparkle to Asian stir-fries and curries, as well as enlivening sweet dishes such as cakes and fruit desserts. Sprinkle some chopped, chrystallised ginger over pumpkin pieces as they bake.

Nutrition (100 Grams):

Antioxidants:
Salicylates: Naturally occurring plant chemicals found in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, jams, honey, yeast extracts, tea and coffee, juices, beer and wines. Also present in flavourings, perfumes, scented toiletries and some medications.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. High
Amines: Amines come the breakdown or fermentation of proteins. High amounts are found in cheese, chocolate, wine, beer and yeast extracts. Smaller amounts are present in some fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Low
Glutamates: Glutamate is found naturally in many foods, as part of protein. It enhances the flavour of food, which is why foods rich in natural glutamates such as tomatoes, mushrooms and cheeses are commonly used in meals. Pure monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as an additive to artificially flavour many processed foods, and should be avoided, especially in sensitive individuals as it can cause serious adverse reactions. n/a

Cooking:

Cooking Tips: It's worth investing in a ginger grater, grated ginger added to dressings and stir-fries is delicious.

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Atherosclerosis
Blood Clots
Cold and Flus
Flatulence
Heart Disease
High Blood Pressure
Inflammation
Menstrual Problems
Colitis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Bacterial Infections
Circulatory Disorders
Digestive Disorders
Headache
High Blood Cholesterol
Immune Deficiencies
Low Energy
Detoxifying
Slow metabolism
Nausea

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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