The spice is recommended as a natural medicine for many physical ailments due to its nutrients and health-supporting phytochemicals.
There are situations, however, in which ginger is a less-than-optimal supplement to your diet and can exacerbate an already existing problem.
When To Avoid Ginger Root
Here are some of the situations in which ginger should be avoided because of their risks.
1. Blood Disorders
Ginger root is a blood anti-coagulant that promotes circulation. In the case of some blood conditions like hemophilia (in which blood coagulation does not occur properly), thinner blood can exacerbate the condition, making a small cut into a possibly life-threatening hemorrhage.
Beneficial due to exactly these effects for cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and high cholesterol, it’s best to avoid ginger if you have a blood condition without discussing it first with your healthcare provider.
2. Taking Prescription Medications
A pharmaceutical is formulated to address a specific symptom and is designed to work in a certain way in the body. Drugs come with lists of warnings and potential side effects.
Because ginger root has medicinal properties, some pharmaceuticals don’t mix well with it. So to prevent any risks, side-effects, read the warnings and inform yourself as much as you can for your own safety.
Ginger is a natural blood thinner and reduces blood pressure; it also regulates blood sugar (1). Taken together with medication that is designed to do the same can mean too much of a good thing. Hence, ginger should not be taken with anticoagulants, beta blockers, aspirin, or insulin.
A list of drugs known to negatively interact with ginger can be found here.
Ginger root tea in early pregnancy has been found to relieve nausea and vomiting.
After the first trimester, however, ginger root should be taken infrequently in very small doses (if at all) because it can induce uterine contractions (2). This, in turn, may result in premature delivery or miscarriage.
On the other hand, it can be usedful when your delivery date has passed and you’re ready to meet your little one face to face.
4. Being Underweight
Ginger stimulates digestion, which is why it is so effective against an upset stomach and other gastrointestinal issues.
If you are significantly underweight, you want to slow digestion and absorb as many nutrients as you can from the food you eat.
High fiber content in ginger root moves foods through the digestive system and other compounds in the root can raise metabolism and promote weight loss.
If you find yourself in one of these categories, there are other spices you can use for flavor and/or medicinal properties.
For flavor, try substituting paprika (dried ground peppers) and whole peppers—either cayenne or sweet, depending on your taste.
Paprika can be found in different varieties with spiciness ranging from mild to hot. It contains all the nutrition of a whole pepper and is very versatile in cooking.
With significant amounts of iron, vitamins A, B6, and E, paprika has a lot to offer. Plus, one of the antioxidant phytonutrients in paprika is capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory agent known for healing the digestive system.
You may also try cardamom, with its rich savory flavor, nutrition, and supportive effects. Cardamom neutralizes acid, aids digestion, and tastes great in coffee.
Food additives are chemical substances added to food to enhance and improve its flavour, texture, colour, appearance, taste, consistency and other qualities of concern during production or processing depending on the food type. Food additives can be grouped based on their functions into acids, acid regulators, anticaking agents, antifoaming agents, bulking agents, antioxidants, food colourings, colour retention agents, emulsifiers, flavours, flavour enhancers, flour treatment agents, glazing agents, humectants, tracer gas, preservatives, stabilizers, sweeteners, caffeine and other GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). While some of these provide nutritional benefits or improve food safety, others are known to pose potential health risks and cause serious harm to human body when taken in large doses. Good additives can be harmful or harmless depending on the quantity used for production or processing and the potential risks that could follow.
For the purpose of this write-up, attention will however be centred on flour treatment agents (e.g. Potassium bromate) and Sweeteners (e.g. Saccharin) used as additives in the baking industries. Flour treatment agents are used to increase the speed of dough (a thick malleable substance obtained by mixing flour with other ingredients) rising and to improve its strength and texture. Enzymes, yeast and mineral salts are dough conditioners added to improve dough strength. Flour bleaching agents are added to flour to develop gluten (a protein found in wheat responsible for elastic texture of dough and helps to glue food together) and also make flour appear whiter because freshly milled flour is yellowish. Oxidising agents, reducing agents and emulsifiers are other good conditioners used in baking.
Among other food additives, potassium bromate, an oxidiser used for strengthening and enhancing the elasticity of dough is commonly used because it is cheaper and readily available than other additives. Potassium bromate comes in white crystals or powder. The use of potassium bromate in flour milling and baking in Nigeria was banned and removed from list of permitted food additives in the early 90’s because toxicology study revealed that it can cause cough and sore throat when inhaled. Among other health hazards, high dose consumption of bromate may lead to kidney damage as it is said to be a carcinogenic toxin too. Despite this ban, some baking industries still use this toxin called bromate as additives. It is also proven that some sandwich bread, burger, snack chips and pizza may contain potassium bromate. Food improvers and flour treatment agents approved by law that can serve as healthy alternatives or substitutes or alternatives to potassium bromate include Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), glucose, ammonium persulphate, ammonium chloride and amylases. Some experts argue that the baking process changes harmful potassium bromate to harmless Potassium bromide leaving no trace in the finished product but a residual amount of the bromate still remains if not baked long enough and if too much of the additive is used. So for safety purpose, the use should be avoided because of the potential harm it can cause.
A sweetener called sodium saccharin, is a non-nutritive, artificial, sweet-tasting synthetic compound used in food, pharmaceutical products and drinks as substitute for sugar. Saccharin is regarded a no-calorie sweetener because it is not broken down in the body during and after digestion. It is 200 to 700 times sweeter than regular sugar so only a small amount is needed to deliver same sweetness as regular sugar and also because it is bitter or metallic aftertaste at high concentrations.
The use of saccharin, however in human food been plagued by safety concern although with controversies trailing its safety and general approval for human consumption by health authorities and food regulators. Saccharin is used to sweeten carbonated diet drinks, candies, jams, jellies, cookies, biscuits, medicine and toothpaste. Saccharin is found to be stable with long shelf life which makes it still safe to consume after years of storage. Despite these benefits, saccharin may still cause side effects like cancer risk, weight gain, diabetes and allergic reactions when ingested. Saccharin causes allergic reactions in some individuals because it belongs to a class of compounds called Sulfonamides (sulfur-containing compounds). Such reactions include headaches, breathing difficulties, diarrhea and skin problems. Some experts therefore recommend that the intake of saccharin should be limited in infants, children and pregnant women.
Having underscored the pros and cons of the two commonly used flour treatment agents, it is time relevant authorities woke up to their respective responsibilities by sanctioning any food baking industry that does not comply with the use of only permitted food additives to save the lives of consumers. Strict compliance with use of regulated additives should be ensured and stiffer penalties meted out to defaulters to serve as deterrence to other companies. All hands should be on deck as government health agencies, our national food safety regulator, NAFDAC, Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, Premium Bread Makers Association of Nigeria and other unions having Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies as their members all collaborate to rid the food industries of the use of unwholesome food additives. I will also strongly advise that all registered and approved baking industries must have labels carrying all the ingredients used in production and processing on their products. The enforcement and compliance unit of NAFDAC has a lot to do by seizing all baked food products in market without label carrying ingredients used for production. The onus to keep healthy also lies on the final consumer by going for only labelled bread loafs and snacks with detailed manufacturing ingredients well printed.
Ojewale, an industrial chemist, wrote from Idimu, Lagos and can be contacted via 07062027306 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Researchers in recent months, used the meat carcinogen PhIP to turn normal breast cells cancerous. This video is an exploration of Green Tea’s use to stop healthy tissue from degrading and turning malignant.
While experts agree that more research is still needed, this only adds to the body of work linking green tea to healthy, happy living.
A lot of Nigerians love to drink soaked garri on the daily without really thinking about the consequences. Today, we are going to explore whether there are any consequences of drinking garri during pregnancy. That way, you will know for sure if you need to stay away from your favourite drink while you are pregnant.
What is garri?
So what exactly is garri? Well, this word is usually used to describe a ground powdery substance made from cassava plants. The name ‘garri’ comes from a Hausa word garin, which means ‘grain’. It is actually a very popular foodstuff in Hausaland, as people enjoy it in all ways. You can have raw garri in a drink by mixing it with water, sugar and milk, chew on the garri grains or cook it. Igbo people know cooked garri as utara, while Yoruba people call it eba/teba.
Even though it is a staple food for many people in Africa, consuming too much garri is not a very good thing. As cassava used for making garri contains hydrocyanic acid (in other words, cyanide), one should not consume it if it is not properly processed. In such cases, the effect of drinking garri will be mostly negative, as it might cause intestinal issues, worsening of ulcers and serious eye defects.
This leads to the question…
Is drinking garri good for a pregnant woman?
Many expectant mothers enjoy drinking garri first thing in the morning or in the evenings, as its sour taste prevents them from vomiting. But should they actually be drinking it?
According to Mr. Razak Adeofalade, the chairperson of the Health Workers’ Union of the Lagos State Council, drinking raw soaked garri is not a very good idea, especially during pregnancy. In addition to what we have said before about consuming improperly processed garri, it might also lead to Lassa fever.
Back in 2016, many Nigerians, including several pregnant women, suffered severely from the outbreak of this fever, and some even died from it. The Lassa fever was transmitted by rats who came into contact with cassava. Thus, drinking raw soaked garri led to contracting the fever and several fatalities.
If you want to avoid such fate, it is best to stay away from drinking garri during pregnancy. If you still want to have garri in your diet, make sure it is thoroughly processed. You can still eat it in the form of utara/eba, as long as you cook it properly.
As pregnancy is already a very stressful time for anyone involved, you should avoid adding more stress for yourself by worrying whether it is safe to consume something or not. If you are hesitant about anything, the best way to ease your worries is to ask a doctor about it.
We all know this perennial herbaceous plant that is commonly found in localities with subtropical and moderate climate. There are a lot of benefits of tiger nuts that you should know. The homeland of the plant is North Africa and the Mediterranean. We will also tell you why tiger nuts are very useful for pregnant women. Eating it regularly, you get a lot of vitamins and prevent many diseases. In addition here you will read about coconutand dates benefits. Let’s find out in more detail.
It’s interesting that during the excavation, archaeologists discovered this plant near Thebes (the capital of Ancient Egypt). It was in tombs formed in the II-III millennium B.C. In addition, Pliny, Theophrastus and Herodotus mentioned the plant in their works. Thus, tiger nut is a plant with a centuries-old history. How can it be useful for us today?
Benefits of tiger nuts
It is a valuable food product with medicinal properties. Actually, there are a lot of advantages of tiger nuts. It helps to activate brain cells, increases energy has positive impact on immune system and much more, tiger nut tea cleans the body from toxins.
It’s a source of natural protein, vitamins, minerals. Tger nuts are eaten raw or recycled into butter. By the way, it’s not worth than olive oil in quality and nutritional value. It smells like almond. It is used in cooking and in cosmetic industry too.
Tiger nuts are rich in fiber
This is one of the main reasons why you should eat tiger nut. The product has high fiber content. It consists about 33%. A study conducted in 2009 showed that 100g tiger nut flour has about 60 g dietary fiber. There is predominantly the insoluble dietary fiber that is higher unlike other well-know fiber sources. For example, oats, carrots, jack beans, apple, rice and so on.
Health benefits of tiger nuts in case of lactose intolerance
The good new for those who can’t take cow milk. If it is contraindicated for you, tiger nuts milk will help you. The benefits of tiger nuts milk are rather significant. It doesn’t contain lactose and everyone can drink it. This type of milk is rich in calcium and good for children because it contributes to bone building. It has high nutrition value and fat content.
High content of E and C vitamins
Studies showed that tiger nuts contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C, E, and also potassium and phosphorus were founded in this food product. The doctors recommend to drink yogurt made of tiger nut milk and cow’s milk because of high content of E and C vitamins.
Source of magnesium
Magnesium is very important for good functioning of our body. It’s scientifically proved. It’s also known that 100 g flour of tiger nuts has about 15% of magnesium. Due to this tiger nuts are useful for nervous system, muscle function, maintain the level of sugar in body, and also has positive impact on bones.
Rich in Arginine
The tiger nuts are also rich in amino acids. One of them is Arginine. It helps to normalize blood vessels functioning and good blood flow as a whole. The doctors recommend to eat tiger nuts in heart diseases, muscle cramps, clogged arteries, headaches and so on.
High content of potassium
Potassium is an inherent part of our health. We should eat food that contains these minerals. In this case, tiger nut is very good. It provides normal functioning of our organs and cells. Please note, that this is also very good for heart.
Benefits for diabetics
As we said earlier, tiger nut flour contains insoluble dietary fiber. It means that tiger nut helps to regulate blood sugar level. It’s very important for people who suffer from diabetes. Are tiger nuts fattening? If they are useful for diabetics, they can’t be harmful for those who want to be in form or lose weight. The main rule is to eat them in moderation.It’s also due to high content of monounsaturated fatty acids.
Benefits for digestion
Tiger nuts are used for treatment of different digestive problems. If you have some irritable bowels, stomach upsets or something yet, eat tiger nuts.
Benefits of tiger nuts in pregnancy
Tiger nuts are very useful for pregnant women. This food product helps to fight lethargy and apathy during pregnancy. It gives a charge of vivacity and saturates a body of pregnant woman with all necessary vitamins. Tiger nuts reduces blood sugar level, immune system and has positive impact on nervous system. To avoid negative consequences, it’s better to consult a doctor.
You can also make drink from tiger nuts, dates and coconut. It contains a lot of vitamins and saturates the body with all necessary substances. Here you will find one of the recipes you can use to make this drink. It’s good for those who can’t drink cow’s milk. Some Nigerians say that it’s even more delicious than usual milk.
Benefits of dates and coconut
We can talk about benefits of dates and coconut for a long time. These plants has not less benefits than tiger nuts. The coconut, for example, also contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin E, C, folate and fiber. The pulp of coconut improves digestion and vision, restores strength, increases immunity. It also prevents the occurrence of cardiovascular and oncological diseases. It has an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effect. The coconut is useful for skin. Women often use coconut cream and oil to improve, refresh and tone up their skin. The benefits of coconut is invaluable.
As for dates benefits, they contain a large amount of dietary fiber (6.7 g per 100 g of product). Dietary fibers normalize digestion, clean a body from toxins, have positive impact on immunity. They are recommended as a substitute of sugar. They are useful with rich energy value – 277 kcal in 100 grams. They are nutritious give energy and strength. Due to calcium, dates provide strength of bones, skeleton and teeth.
Now you know about health benefits of tiger nuts, dates and coconut. The proper nutrition is an important part of health. The previously mentioned food products can help you to keep yourself in good form and feel good. Besides, healthy food is more delicious than junk food. You just need to realize their benefits and see the result. Eat right!
Every time we go out at the weekend and have a tad too much to drink, we joke about the damage we’re doing to our liver.
But have you ever stopped to really think about the damage you’re doing and how diet can play an important role in keeping your liver healthy?
In this article, we list eight important foods that you should eat to keep a healthy liver.
1) Cabbage: Cabbage isn’t to everyones taste but if you don’t mind it, it’s well worth eating more of it as it boosts enzymes in your liver that eliminate pesky toxins.
2) Broccoli: Broccoli is perhaps more well-known as a “brain food” but it also supports your liver – just like its brassica vegetable siblings, such as cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
3) Grapefruit: One of the most bitter fruits on the planet, grapefruit is a great way to get your metabolism firing in the morning. It’s a bit of an acquired taste but if you love it, it’s time to eat more of it as grapefruit cleanses your liver and supports its abilities to flush toxins out of your system.
4) Avocado: Avocado is everywhere at the moment and we promote it a lot on Beauty and Tips – and for good reason. It’s a fruit that everyone seems to be eating, from your hipster friends to your mom and her sewing circles.
5) Olive Oil: Many of us are unsure of what oil we should be cooking with, but if you want to look after your liver, olive oil is a very good option. Olive oil shouldn’t be used excessively but – like flaxseed and hemp – it provides support for your liver by shouldering some of its duties.
6) Beets: A really colourful and vibrant vegetable, the humble beetroot supports your liver by kicking into touch nasty carcinogens that are intent on causing as much damage as possible.
7) Garlic: There are two reasons why you should eat more garlic: To ward off vampires and to support your liver. And we’re only kidding about one of those reasons. In fact, nutritionists, scientists and health experts are all in agreement that we should try to eat garlic at least once per day.
8) Coffee: All the best mornings start with coffee, so let’s start this list with it! While we all know how amazing coffee is for our energy levels and alertness, coffee also works wonders for our liver. In fact, studies have demonstrated that coffee can even protect us from liver disease.