Ginger root, a key ingredient in many Asian dishes, can be prepared in different ways. Its strong flavor and seasoning increases with a method of preparation, the pickle in a solution of vinegar and other condiments. The research does not fully support the supposed benefits of eating pickled ginger but many herbalists believe it offers many health benefits.
Ginger, including pickled ginger, is usually not consumed in large quantities, making its nutritional value minimal. A one-ounce serving of ginger root provides a little more than 5 percent of the recommended daily dose of potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B6. Cooking or pickling ginger can reduce its nutrients.
Ginger, in many of its forms, is used to reduce digestive diseases, nausea or gas. That ginger root is truly effective has not been proven yet, but many who have tried it have found it helpful. The World's Healthiest Foods suggests that the root contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that improve the gastrointestinal tract. Morning sickness and nausea during pregnancy can be reduced by eating any form of ginger, including pickled ginger. The strong smell and taste of the root make it difficult for some individuals to consume it without experiencing nausea or vomiting.
Cleanser of the palate
Pickled ginger is served with Asian dishes, such as sushi, as a cleanser on the palate. The root is eaten between pieces of raw fish or similar foods to increase the culinary experience. A cleanser of the palate works by restarting the taste buds to prevent them from becoming overloaded or desensitized to the taste of an item. Eating several pieces of the same food causes the taste to become monotonous or less impressive. Eating ginger pickled between bites or before switching to a different dish can prevent this from happening.
Other health benefits
It is believed that ginger lowers cholesterol, reduces the production of cancer cells and reduces inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. The research still does not support these ideas according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Studies show that the root does not have a greater impact than a placebo.