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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Another Spring Vegetable Great for Weight Loss--Ginger

Ginger adds such wonderful flavor for so many dishes. We think of it most often in Stir-frys and holiday sweets. It is so much more versatile than those dishes. It can be added to whole grain dishes (bulgar with ginger & orange) and vegetable dishes (orange-ginger glazed carrots). This is good news since it has such great health and healing properties. This is what I learned about its benefits from a post on iVillage:

Just one teaspoon of fresh ginger and you’ll feel full almost twice as quickly, say researchers at Florida’s University of Miami. They credit ginger’s two powerful appetite suppressants -- gingerol and zingibain. Bonus: Ginger is also an amazing anti-inflammatory, and eating it daily dampens pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 75 percent of women studied, adds James F. Balch, M.D., author of Prescription for Natural Cures.

Here! Here! to eating more ginger!