Ginger has long been lauded for its health benefits. It's been used as an herbal remedy in several ancient cultures, including Arabian and Asian cultures, with its use as a medicine dating back more than 2,000 years. Candied ginger, on the other hand, is just that: candy. While you can include candied ginger in a balanced diet, treat it more like "candy" than "ginger" regarding its health benefits.
High in Calories, High in Sugar
Like other candies, candied ginger isn't the best thing to eat if you want to stay slim. Just 100 grams of a commercially available candied ginger treat contains a whopping 304 calories. And instead of getting lots of nutritional value from those calories, you'll simply get 75 grams of sugar and nearly 80 grams of total carbohydrates.
All that sugar can have a negative impact on your health.
For one thing, sugar is a very concentrated source of calories. That means even a small serving of a sugary food can be high enough in calories to make you overeat for the day. Even an extra 100 calories a day adds up to 36,500 calories over the course of a year – or enough extra calories to gain 10 pounds of fat. Sugar also increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, and the American Heart Association points to reducing sugar intake as crucial for fighting the heart disease epidemic.
A healthy diet should include no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar each day for women, and 9 teaspoons for men. Just 100 grams of candied ginger boasts 19 teaspoons – more than your entire daily sugar budget.
One Small Benefit: Iron
While candied ginger is in no way a nutritious food, you will get a moderate amount of one essential nutrient from it: iron. Iron is important for healthy circulation. The mineral forms the component of your red blood cells that lets them transport oxygen to your tissues, while means all the cells in your body rely on iron to supply the oxygen they need to function. Iron also helps your cells produce energy, and it's important for your immune health. Eating 100 grams of candied ginger supplies your body with 1.3 milligrams of this mineral, which is just shy of 16 percent of the daily needs for men and 7 percent for women.
Including Candied Ginger in Your Diet
Treat candied ginger like you would any other candy, as an occasional treat, not a daily staple. If it's one of your favorite foods and you want to eat it daily, stick to very small servings – like one slice of ginger to enjoy once a day – rather than going for handful of ginger at a time.
If you're looking for the health benefits typically associated with ginger, though, go for the fresh stuff. Include fresh ginger in your smoothies, add it to homemade salad dressings, and make your own ginger tea from the fresh sliced root. These foods won't have the sweet taste of candied ginger, but they'll do a lot more for your health.
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