Ginger / Adhrakh

The name ginger has come from the French word: “gingembre”. It belongs to the family of “Zingiberaceae”. Ginger is the rhizome of the plant “zingiber officinale”. It is consumed as a medicine or a spice. Its cultivation first began in South Asia. Ginger produces clusters of white and pink flower buds. The ginger plant grows up to 3-4 feet tall.

ginger

Ginger acts as a useful food preservative. Before eating, the ginger must be peeled and then used. For storage purpose, ginger can be placed in a plastic bag and refrigerated or frozen.

Uses of Ginger / Adrakh

  • Ginger is used in cooking and stands as a main ingredient in traditional medicines.
  • In winter, both fresh and dry ginger are used to spice tea and coffee.
  • Ginger powder is used by the pregnant women, in her diet.It is quiet healthy.
  • It also helps in getting relief from the common cold.
  • Traditionally in western cuisines, ginger is used mainly in sweet foods.

Side effects of Ginger / Adhrakh

  • You may get allergic reactions, which may result in rashes. Generally, this is considered as safe.
  • It can cause gas, heart burn, nausea and belching.
  • It also affects the heart rhythms, blood pressure and clotting.
  • If the ginger is not chewed in a proper way, it may result in intestinal blockage.

Nutrition Facts of Ginger / Adrakh

Ginger root
Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 80
% Daily Value
Total fat 0.8 g 1%
Saturated fat 0.2 g 1%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 13 mg 0%
Potassium 415 mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 18 g 6%
Dietary fiber 2 g 8%
Sugar 1.7 g
Protein 1.8 g 3%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 1% Iron 3%
Vitamin B-6 10% Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 10%

Daily Value percentages are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

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