New to ginger chews or wondering why some people are obsessed? I shared five benefits and reasons why I love ginger chews. I also shared my favorite brand – Prince of Peace Ginger Chews.
It’s no secret that nausea is part of pregnancy for most women, especially during the first trimester. My first trimester was riddled with nausea. I was nauseous from the moment I woke up until I fell asleep at night. I felt like I was constantly battling sea sickness. While I was so thankful to never throw up, I often wished that I could. All that to say, while I’ve loved ginger chews for years — I first discovered them in college — my love grew even deeper in my first trimester!! (Ginger chews are one of my pregnancy must-haves that I shared in this post!)
But, beyond pregnancy nausea, there are a number of reasons I always keep ginger chews around the house.
But first, what are ginger chews? Ginger chews are pieces of pure ginger root that are boiled to soften and then coated in a thin layer of sugar. My favorite brand is Prince of Peace Ginger since they don’t have too much sugar and they also have flavored versions, like peanut butter, lychee, mango, mandarin orange and lemon. My favorites are the original and mango flavors. My husband likes the lychee best.
Ginger Chews Benefits
So what is so good about ginger chews? Ginger a well-known stomach soother to help fight nausea and motion sickness. And beyond that, ginger has compounds that provide a wide variety of health benefits. It contributes to antimicrobial, anticancer, antiobesity, antioxident, and anti-inflammatory responses in the body. It even has some cardiovascular and respiratory benefits! (Source.)
Here are five reasons I always keep them around!
Like I mentioned, I lived on these during my first trimester to help ease pregnancy nausea. I literally never left the house without them — I keep a handful in my purse. And at home, I had some at my desk, by the couch, and in the kitchen. Our pantry is always well stocked with ginger chews!!
I also eat them after every single meal. Why? Ginger helps move food through the body more quickly, and since slower digestion is a common issue during pregnancy (thanks hormones!), ginger chews quickly became a must after meals. Just one chew helped a lot with my heartburn and the feeling of “Why do I feel so dang full?! I didn’t even eat that much!” that so many pregnant women experience, myself included.
Ginger chews are also recommended for people going through chemotherapy since nausea is a common side effect of treatment. (But, of course, before you take anything new when you’re working with a doctor, be sure to ask them first!)
Settling My Stomach After a Hard Run
If you’re a runner, you may have experienced upset stomach woes after a long run or race. Ginger chews are one of my go-to’s when that happens. Soothing my stomach quickly is essential since refueling after a hard workout is so important. But if your stomach is upset, it makes it hard to eat a real meal.
Similar to helping food move through your system more quickly, ginger also helps expel intestinal gas which relieves an upset stomach. (Gas often builds up after races or long runs due to the fuel you’re taking in, gulping air when drinking water and just the general stress on your body!)
When I’m logging serious miles, I usually end up eating a few Prince of Peace ginger chews in the afternoon after my workout. And I also plan to take the with me to every race from now on, after my great pre-Boston puking disaster last year.
Easing motion sickness
Despite how much I travel (or used to, pre-COVID anyway), I hate flying. I get really anxious during take-off and landing and if there is any turbulence, I am VERY on edge. (I had a full-on panic attack on a plane last year, where they had to call for a medical professional on the plane. Oof.) On top of that, I also get motion sickness from flying. Consequently, I NEVER fly without ginger chews. Not only do they help with the nausea I get on planes, they’re a comfort food since I eat them at home so often!
Ginger helps with carsickness too. When we head up to Boone, NC, I pack extra ginger chews since the roads there wind and curve all over the place. While sitting in the front, or ideally, driving helps with my nausea a lot, I’m a small person so I often get relegated to the backseat. And holy moly, nausea is a LOT worse for me when I’m sit in the backseat. So, popping ginger chews is necessary.
Satisfying a craving for something sweet!
Tommy and I both love Prince of Peace Gingers Chews after dinner since we both like something a little sweet at the end of a meal. But, these are better than most sweets that make me want to keep eating more and more (ahem, ice cream sandwiches). The POP Ginger Chews don’t have nearly as much sugar as some other brands I’ve tried and the spicy ginger kick makes it so just 1-2 chews is plenty to satisfy my afternoon or evening sweet tooth.
Prince of Peace Gingers Chews are individually wrapped makes it easy to keep in your purse and take everywhere. Which I do!
While ginger tea is certainly another option to get all the benefits of ginger, I’ll be honest, I never make it, especially in the heat of summer when pregnant! And I definitely don’t want all the sugar that comes with ginger ale. (I also can’t stand sweet drinks). So ginger chews are the way to go for me!
Prince of Peace Ginger Chews Nutrition
So what is in Prince of Peace Ginger Chews? Not much! Cane Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Ginger and Coconut Oil are the only ingredients in the Original Ginger Chews.
They’re 100% natural, gluten free, and vegan. One chew has about 15 and 3 grams of sugar.
Where to buy
I typically buy them locally at Whole Foods. You can also find them at Target (new in the candy section!), Rite Aid or Vitamin Shoppe. You can use this Store Locator to find them near you.
If you’re a fellow ginger chew addict, I’d love to hear why you love them!
Prince of Peace Ginger Chews sponsored this post. A big thank you to them for not only supporting my blog! I’ve purchased POP Ginger Chews for years before this partnership, so I’m thrilled to share about a brand I’ve loved for so long!