What Meghan's Spicy Banana Bread May Reveal About Her Pregnancy

Name a better morning tea treat than a warm slice of homemade banana bread… go on, we’ll wait.

Knew it. There isn’t one.

That’s why it came as no surprise when Meghan Markle found out she was visiting a farming family while touring Dubbo for morning tea she decided to whip up a loaf the night before -- in the kitchen at Admiralty House, no less.

But it was the magic ingredient Meghan added to the otherwise simple recipe that took it to the next level. Those on the ground say the Duchess sprinkled in a hint of ginger, and by all accounts, the revamped creation tasted delicious.

Which made us start to wonder. Apart from the yum factor, could there be another subtle reason why Meghan added ginger to her recipe? Like, could this be a sign she's suffering in the early stages of her pregnancy?

According to nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin, ginger is known for helping with a number of nauseating pregnancy symptoms, especially morning sickness.

"Ginger is one of the most widely reported treatments for morning sickness and nausea," she told ten daily.

Ginger is known for helping to ease the symptoms associated with morning sickness. Source: Getty

"Research suggests that compounds in ginger impact serotonin receptors in the central nervous system, helping to improve digestion which may help to reduce symptoms of nausea and morning sickness."

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Other Benefits OF GINGER

Apart from helping with that queasy stomach feeling, Bingley-Pullin said the spice also has a range of other benefits.

"Ginger also contains various chemical compounds called polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanin which exert antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. This means ginger may be effective against inflammation in the body," she said.

Ginger can also offer helpful pain relief. A study from the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25 per cent.

You might even say ginger is something of a super food. Source: Getty

It's also claimed to contain cancer-fighting properties. According to another study published in the Cancer Prevention Research journal, ginger supplements helped to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Bingley-Pullin added that research conducted by a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) showed the spice may even be beneficial in our day-to-day life.

"According to the study a compound in ginger stimulates an enzyme in our saliva, responsible for breaking down substances causing bad breath, and can help reduce the aftertaste of foods or drink," she said.

Nutrients

Ginger is also packed full of the good stuff.  According to Bingley-Pullin, the level of nutrients depends on the form and type of the ginger, but most  contain:

  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B6
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
You can enjoy ginger in a variety of forms. Source: Getty
How To Enjoy It

Meghan doesn't just have to rely on adding a little spice to her cakes to help get her ginger fix -- as there's a range of ways to get ginger into your day.

They include:

  • Tea 
  • Smoothies and juices
  • Porridge
  • Stir-fry sauces
  • Baked goods (hello carrot cake)
  • Salad dressings
  • Marinades
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