Ginger Root

Ginger Root

This is the part of the plant you eat.

Typically the root is peeled and the yellow flesh is used in medicine, teas and cooking.

Young ginger root is tender and often used for making crystallized ginger because the more mature root tends to be fibrous and stringy.

The flavor of ginger alone is pungent and spicy and is prevalent in Asian and Indian cuisines.

Crystallized ginger can be made at home or purchased in most health food stores.

Sugar Content

One ounce of ginger root contains only 22 calories and under 1 gram of sugar.

One ounce of crystallized ginger has 100 calories and 21 grams of sugar.

Candied ginger typically contains 5 grams more sugar per serving than gummy candies.

High amounts of sugar cause blood glucose to rise and over time may lead to diabetes.

Potential Benefits

While it may be high in sugar, crystallized ginger does not contain ingredients like food dyes, corn syrup or other additives found in traditional candy.

Ginger can reduce symptoms of nausea, vomiting and stomach upset coming from motion sickness, pregnancy and chemotherapy.

Current research suggests ginger may aid in lowering cholesterol, preventing clogged arteries and killing cancer cells.

Possible Side Effects

The sweet and spicy flavor and chewy texture of crystallized ginger make it a delicious snack, but there are potential side effects to consuming too much.

Side effects are rare in most people, but may include stomach irritation, heartburn or diarrhea.

Ginger is not recommended for children under 2 years of age and may also lower blood sugar and blood pressure.

If you are taking medications to treat these conditions, consult your health care provider prior to eating ginger.