Ginger is a popular spice in cooking because of its unique flavour. However, as well as its culinary uses, ginger also has nutritional value as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Studies have investigated the physiological effects of ginger consumption in order to assess the thermic and satiety effects it has. For example, in one study researchers administered a ginger drink to a group of subjects along with a meal and then measured the thermic effect of the meal. Although the ginger was not able to increase the metabolism of the individuals, it was able to increase the thermic effect of the meal they consumed. In addition the ginger was able to reduce the hunger of the individuals. The thermic effect of food has shown to be associated with the degree of satiety, and so by raising the thermic effect of food, ginger may be able to regulate appetite. This may suggest that ginger is a useful food to include in a weight loss diet as during times of energy restriction, the thermic effect of food can fall significantly.
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