Q: What kinds of ginger qualify as healthy?
Oz Says: Believe it or not, candy makes the list of ways to get this spice's benefits in fighting nausea and joint pain. But gingerbread and ginger snaps don't make the grade. It takes about a gram of this spice to have an effect, and baked goods just don't contain that much, says Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Sorry, extra cookies aren't the answer, either.) But plenty of other yummy forms deliver.
Note: If you're pregnant or on blood thinners, diabetes meds, or blood pressure pills, ginger is potentially risky, especially in larger amounts.
1. Pickled Ginger: Munch on the little slices that come nestled next to sushi. You'll need 3/4 teaspoon for it to do you some good.
2. Grated Ginger Root: Use it in stir-fries, soups, and tomato-based sauces. A dose is about 3/4 teaspoon.
3. Ground Ginger: Dust 1/4 teaspoon onto cereal, stir into a smoothie, sprinkle over yogurt, or swirl into water.
4. Ginger Chews or Candies: About three of these give you the amount you need, Wright says.
5. Ginger Tea: It's hard to tell how much ginger you're getting, since the dose varies with the brand of tea and how it's brewed.
This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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