Can you eat ginger without cooking it?

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you eat ginger without cooking it?” We will also discuss the benefits of raw ginger and refreshing recipes that don’t need heat.

Can you eat ginger without cooking it?

Yes, you can eat ginger without cooking it. Ginger is an antioxidant root that can be used in hot or cold recipes. Ginger, like turmeric, can be eaten raw, but many people prefer to cook it to mitigate its flavor.

What are the advantages and Disadvantages of Cooking Ginger?

Cooking ginger can be a way to infuse the rich, spicy flavors of ginger into a meal. Cooking ginger also makes it more tender and easier to chew, and cooked ginger tends to have a longer shelf life than raw ginger.

However, raw ginger has its advantages, such as the strength of the flavor, the typical freshness of foods that have not gone through the heat, as well as greater nutritional support. 

Ginger has vitamin C in its composition and due to the instability of this water-soluble vitamin, it ends up being lost with heating.

What are the benefits of raw ginger?

Ginger is an ancient root used in many dishes, especially of Asian origin, which has a spicy and energizing flavor. It is considered healthy, especially for stomach ailments. Note the nutritional information of 100g of raw ginger:

NutritionValue
Calories80 kcal
Total Fat 0.7 g
Total Omega 3 fatty acids34 mg
Total Omega 6 fatty acids120 mg
Total Carbohydrate17.8 g
Dietary Fiber2.0 g
Protein1.8 g
Calcium16 mg
Iron0.6 mg
Magnesium43 mg
Vitamin C5 mg
Vitamin B60.2 mg
Phytosterols15 mg

Ginger is low in calories and has several vitamins and minerals in addition to fiber and proteins. A great component of ginger is its powerful phytosterol called gingerol, it has anti-inflammatory power and many uses. Among the advantages of consuming ginger, we can highlight:

  • Reduces discomfort from morning sickness: The freshness of ginger helps to relieve nausea, especially nausea in early pregnancy.
  • Accelerates recovery from colds and flu: because it has vitamin C, it improves the immune system and helps in the recovery of colds and flu.
  • Helps in weight loss: like pepper and cinnamon, ginger is thermogenic and stimulates caloric expenditure, favoring weight loss.
  • Improves cardiovascular health: containing unsaturated fats like omega 3 and omega 6, lowers cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • May prevent cancer and protect against Alzheimer’s disease: Gingerol, a phytochemical present in ginger, is anti-inflammatory and has been shown to improve memory and fight inflammation such as intestinal inflammation that leads to cancer.
  • Reduces menstrual pain: Because it has great anti-inflammatory potential, it works in the same way as drugs such as ibuprofen, relieving cramps during the menstrual period.

What are some tangy recipes with raw ginger?

Ginger Salad

Spicy and full of fiber, this salad yields 4 servings of a delicious accompaniment to your main meals.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 1/4 cups of fresh bean sprouts, washed, dried
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tsp finely grated fresh organic ginger
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Preparation:

  • For the dressing, mix the lemon peanut oil, sesame oil, ginger and sugar in a jug. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Toast the sesame seeds in a nonstick pan, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, peel and cut the carrots into sticks. Add the carrot sticks, toasted sesame seeds, and bean sprouts into a bowl. Pour in the dressing and mix gently.
  • It is ready!

Ginger Juice

An invigorating, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory juice, ginger juice can be a source of energy in your daily life. This recipe yields 7 cups.

Ingredients:

  • 4-ounce fresh ginger root, (about 1 cup chopped peeled ginger)
  • 14- 16 leaves fresh mint
  • 6 -7 cups water,
  • 2 large lemons, juiced
  • Something to sweeten: sugar, honey, or sucralose

Preparation:

  • Peel the ginger with a spoon or peeler.
  • Crush mint in a small bowl using a small pestle. Set aside.
  • Chop ginger into coarse pieces, but small enough to be blended in a blender.
  • Mix a glass of water with the ginger until it turns into a paste. Add the rest of the water and the mints and beat until smooth.
  • Strain the liquid with a cloth or sieve with a tightly closed mesh and store the liquid in a jar. Add the lemon juice and sugar and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  • Serve with ice and mint leaves.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you eat ginger without cooking it?” We have also discussed the benefits of raw ginger and refreshing recipes that don’t need heat.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://aacrjournals.org/cancerpreventionresearch/article/4/11/1929/49758/Phase-II-Study-of-the-Effects-of-Ginger-Root

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253463/

https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/carrot-ginger-salad/93f68a3a-21e0-44e9-a3bc-e5145c720c07

https://www.insider.com/guides/health/diet-nutrition/ginger-benefits

https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2447/2

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.