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Are turmeric and ginger the same?

Ginger, known scientifically as Zingiberofficinale, is a plant that originated from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Its root is the part that we usually use for consumption. Ginger contains gingerol, which may protect tissues and organs against oxidative damage and prevent cancer development and growth.

Turmeric is derived from the plant Curcuma longa, which is native to tropical areas such as those in East India. Its root, when ground into a deep yellow powder, is often used as a spice and is a main ingredient in many curries. Turmeric powder contains curcumin, a compound that is a potential therapeutic agent for diseases such as cancer, and is helpful in lowering the risk of recurrence for leukemia, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer. It also boasts anti-inflammatory properties and has shown to promote cardiovascular health. Turmeric powder can be added to a wide variety of dishes including stewed potatoes, cooked tofu, stir-fried vegetables, and fried rice for an added kick of flavor.

 

Information by: Registered Dietitian from Hong Kong Adventist Hospital