Ginger already enjoys rock-star status as a potent anti-inflammatory spice, and now it seems freshening our breath and cleansing our palates are two additional accolades that this gem of a root can claim.
The scientists involved in this study reported that ginger’s primary flavor ingredient, 6-gingerol, boosts saliva levels of the enzyme, sulfhydryl oxidase, up to 16-fold within a few seconds. Sulfhydryl oxidase, in turn, breaks down the smelly sulfur compounds in the mouth that are the cause of bad breath as well as the unpleasant aftertaste that foods like coffee and garlic can impart. This is wonderful news!
Fresh ginger is available at all grocery stores and has a long shelf life even outside the fridge. Consider having it in your car or pocketbook and take a little nibble after meals when needed as a fast and healthy way to freshen your breath.
Serves 4Beets are an underappreciated food for energy and more life. Eat them often!
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté leeks until slightly softened then add garlic, ginger, beets, and salt. Increase heat to medium high and cook stirring frequently for 4 more minutes. Reduce heat to low and cover, cooking until beets are crisp tender. Season with salt and pepper and serve as is, warm, or chilled. Great as an accompaniment to roasted or grilled chicken or grilled fish.
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