Ginger

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Ginger—that funny-looking brown root you find near the potatoes in the produce section–has not only a distinctive flavor but a long history of medicinal uses going back thousands of years.  The Asian root is pungent, sweet, spicy, and rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.

Gingerol, the main compound in ginger, gives the root its spicy kick and has been studied for its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. Keeping ginger around during chemotherapy can help reduce the severity of nausea especially the days following your infusions.

Chef Tips

Besides the fresh root, ginger can be bought in dried, powdered, and extract form. . When buying fresh ginger, choose roots with a lustrous beige skin. They should be firm and plump, with bulbous buds and no wrinkly patches.

If you use ginger a lot, buy a large piece; otherwise, buy small pieces about 3 to 4 inches long—you can break off what you need in the store. Ginger will keep in the fruit drawer of the fridge for 10 days to 2 weeks. Fresh ginger can also be stored in the freezer and quickly grated into dishes and sauces.

We love using ginger to give dishes a bright and zingy edge, like in our Gingery Carrot & Lentil Soup, a tasty and easy-to-prepare dish that combines red lentils, savory caramelized carrots, and thinly sliced ginger root.

Or try our Fish En Papillote for a quick, nutritious meal of fish fillets, fresh veggies, and ginger baked in a parchment packet. For a supremely soothing way to consume ginger, try our Ginger Tea, a great option if your stomach is feeling upset or find yourself nauseous from chemotherapy.

Registered Dietitian Approved

There are many misconceptions about nutrition and cancer in widespread media. By using current scientific literature and recommendations from the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society, our Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, CSO and our team of editors work to help our readers discern truth from myth. The statements on this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always consult your physician or registered dietitian for specific medical advice.

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