Crystallized ginger looks appealing as the sugars glisten and glimmer and catch the light, but be careful with how much you eat of it. It's often referred to as ‘candied ginger’ and in fact, contains more sugar per serving than most gummy candy. However, there are potential benefits to eating this ginger. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and as a culinary spice for thousands of years. The most common use of ginger is to treat upset stomachs. When eating crystallized ginger, always do so in moderation and remember its high sugar content. Sugar Content According the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory: 1 ounce of ginger root contains only 22 calories and under 1 gram of sugar. One ounce of crystallized ginger has 100 calories and 21 grams of sugar. Candied ginger typically contains 5 grams more sugar per serving than gummy candies.
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- Potential Benefits Eaten in place of traditional candy, crystallized ginger may offer benefits. While it may be high in sugar, crystallized ginger does not contain ingredients like food dyes, corn syrup or other additives found in traditional candy. In addition ginger can reduce symptoms of nausea, vomiting and stomach upset coming from motion sickness, pregnancy and chemotherapy. Current research suggests ginger may also help lower cholesterol, (preventing clogged arteries) and even kill cancer cells.