– Alright, who’s ready to
party with some ginger shots? Whoo! Hi, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman. I’m a registered dietitian
in New York City, and it’s my job to help you
figure out what to eat and why. Today we’re talking ginger, from teas, to oils, to wellness shots. ♪ Wellness shot shot shot shots ♪ ♪ Wellness shot shot shots ♪ Ginger is all over the health world, touted for its anti-inflammatory
and digestive benefits. But are the benefits
backed by (gasp) science? Let’s find out if ginger
can cure what “ales” you in today’s episode of You Versus Food. Ginger is an underground
plant stem, not root. It is the same family as
turmeric and cardamom. The edible portion of the ginger plant is called the rhizome. Ginger has been used
as a traditional remedy for thousands of years, to
help with digestion, nausea, and help fight flus and colds. It’s been known for its healing
and medicinal properties for over 5,000 years! Anti-inflammatory: Studies have shown ginger to be effective in decreasing inflammation,
swelling and pain, thanks to a powerful
compound called gingerol. No, not ginger ale, gingerol. Gingerol is a bioactive
compound in ginger which has powerful anti-inflammatory
and antioxidant effects. Anti-inflammatory. (deep sighing) Anti-nausea: According to many studies, ginger is highly effective against nausea. It’s known to have a carminative effect which means it can help to prevent the build-up of gas in the intestines. Goes like this first, it’s tense, and then it goes like this. Although more research is required, several studies have
demonstrated an association between increased ginger consumption and reduced incidence of seasickness, as well as reduced
nausea in pregnant women. Nice. Ginger ale doesn’t contain
much ginger, so the ginger in the ginger ale probably isn’t the thing that’s gonna help with your bellyache. There’s way more sugar in
ginger ale than there is ginger. Ginger ale is a derivative of ginger beer which was originally used to
treat nausea and vomiting. The pickled ginger you see
at Japanese restaurants is supposed to be a palate
cleanser between sushi rolls. It’s called gari, and it’s
rumored to help prevent food poisoning from raw fish. But there’s not science to
back up that claim, sorry. Ginger can help with bad breath. 6-gingerol, which
enhances gastrointestinal transport mechanisms, also
breaks down unpleasant odors by enabling a specific enzyme in saliva. Ah! Ginger can be used as a meat tenderizer. It contains an enzyme called
protease which is responsible for the breakdown of protein. Therefore, ginger can be
used to slowly break down the protein fibers and
possibly the connective tissue in meat, resulting in
a tender final product. To peel ginger, scrape the root with the backside of a spoon. It gets the skin off without wasting too much of that rhizome. Ginger tea: Boil water, add freshly grated
ginger, strain, and enjoy. Ginger oil: You can either rub ginger oil on your body to help relieve tension, or
use ginger oil in your bath for a relaxing experience. You can also use ginger oil for cooking. Just saute veggies or
rice in the amazing oil. Fresh ginger: You can use it as a garnish on
top of sweet or savory dishes to add an extra kick to your food. Or put fresh-sliced ginger
in your water to infuse. Ginger’s not just a zesty,
tangy food additive. It’s got some solid science to back up the anti-inflammatory
and anti-nausea front. Next time you’re feeling
inflamed or just plain icky, it may be worth a shot to
put ginger on the case. See you next time for another
episode of You Versus Food. Alright, you don’t have to be so gingerly. Just press the button to subscribe, but like give it a good press. Not so gingerly, give it
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