Ginger adds a flavourful kick to most recipes and can boost your health and help make you look great. Here’s how to eat it right.
Stave off sickness
Eaten something dodgy? Ginger could be your savior because research in Obstetrics and Gynecology found that it could be more effective at preventing and treating all symptoms of motion sickness than over-the-counter drugs. If you’re planning a road trip or fishing expedition then make sure you keep this root on hand so you can throw away the sick bags.
The compounds in ginger that make it taste so great may also have an effect on certain cancer cells. A recent paper presented at the Cancer Prevention Research Conference explained that ginger could possibly inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells and induce cell death in ovarian ones. That’s just one more reason to add some ginger to your meal plan.
Fire up your immune system
Ginger can actually help promote healthy sweating during a tough workout, which can keep your immune system firing on top form. Researchers in Germany found that sweat contains compounds that can fight infections and can root out microbes to prevent them from invading your system. See what we did there?
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How to pick the best bulb
Fresh ginger has an oddly shaped root with a thick brownish skin that should be peeled prior to use. The flesh inside can be white or yellow and has a very spicy, pungent smell. It’s available year-round in most grocery stores.
Serve it the tasty way
Ginger root can be served in a variety of ways including in tea, pickled, stir-fried or ground as a spice. Fresh ginger should be peeled and sliced or chopped finely. This recipe is a healthy and great tasting side dish for any meal.
Ginger Broccoli Recipe
• 1 tbsp canola oil
• 2 tbsp minced garlic
• 4 tsp minced fresh ginger
• 1lb broccoli crowns, trimmed and chopped
• 3 tbsp water
• 1 tbsp fish sauce
• 1 tbsp rice vinegar
Step 1. Heat oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds to one minute or until fragrant but not browned.
Step 2. Add broccoli and cook, stirring, until the veg is bright green, about two minutes. Drizzle water and fish sauce over the broccoli.
Step 3. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until the broccoli is just tender for about three minutes. Stir in vinegar just before serving.
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