There’s a reason why ginger is one of the most popular over-the-counter remedies for stomach problems: it really works. A review in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition concluded that ginger could effectively quell nausea and vomiting—and that’s just one of countless studies with similar findings. But this potent spice is more than just a home remedy for GI troubles—and chances are, it deserves a bigger place in your diet.
Ginger is loaded with antioxidants, which ward off disease-causing inflammation in the body, promoting better health and wellbeing, says Tara Gidus Collingwood, RDN, a dietitian and author of Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies. Better yet? It’s super low in calories (a 5-inch slice has just 9 calories) and has a zesty, peppery flavor that gives life to a variety of different foods.
Excerpted from Prevention