Ginger root is used to enhance the taste of a number of food items and also increase their food value. Ginger root is known for its medicinal qualities and is recommended by nutritionists and doctors for the various health benefits it offers. You may consume ginger roots in different forms such as the raw form, cooked form or even in its pickled form. Ginger root tastes good in each of these forms however its calorie content may vary to some extent based on its form.
While one teaspoon of raw ginger root weighing around 2 grams contains 2 calories, half a teaspoon of raw ginger root contains just one calorie and one tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger root has a total of 5 calories. Maximum number of calories in ginger root, i.e., around 84% comes from carbohydrates, 9 % comes from proteins and the lowest contributor is the fat content, only 8% of the calories in ginger root are obtained from fat.
One fourth cup of raw sliced ginger root provides 19 calories. It is low in fat content; an equal quantity of raw ginger root slices contains .18 gram of fat. The carbohydrate content in it is 4.26 grams. Consuming ginger also provides certain essential vitamins and minerals to your body. The vitamin C and vitamin E content in one fourth cup of raw ginger root slices is 1.2 mg and 0.06 mg respectively. Apart from these two vitamins, ginger root also contains some amount of pantothenic acid, choline, riboflavin, thiamin, and niacin. The calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium content in an equal quantity of raw ginger root is 4 mg, .14 mg, 10 mg and 100 mg respectively. It also includes other essential minerals such as manganese, copper, selenium, sodium and zinc.
The calorie content in the pickled form of ginger root is higher than its raw form because of the use of oil and other ingredients in it. 5 oz serving of ginger root pickle contains 9 calories.