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Ginger snaps are delicious, flavorful and have health benefits

Ginger snaps, also known as gingersnaps, ginger biscuits, or ginger nuts, is a globally popular biscuit based snack food. In the United States, the usual term is ginger snaps, and they are generally round drop cookies, usually between 3 mm (1/8-inch) and 6 mm (1/4-inch) thick, with prominent cracks in the top surface. Ginger snaps are flavored with powdered ginger and a variety of other spices, most commonly cinnamon, molasses and nutmeg. One recipe for these cookies contains maple syrup

July 1 is National Ginger Snaps Day

Because ginger snaps are crunchy and have a spiciness to them, they're great when paired with coffee or tea. They are also delicious when served with gelato or ice cream. The contrasting textures and tastes complement one another. Ginger snaps can also be eaten right out of the box and can be nibbled on them throughout the day.

This cookie has been around for hundreds of years, so you can feel good about munching on a treat with great heritage. Ginger snaps originated during the Middle Ages when ginger found its way from Southeast Asia to Europe. Then ginger snaps eventually found their way to America when Europe colonized the Americas. Ginger snaps were first made with molasses because molasses was much cheaper than granulated sugar, and the tradition was carried on because the flavor of the molasses was so tasty.

Not only are ginger snaps delicious to eat as a snack, but they have health benefits so you might want to keep a box always on hand. The ginger in ginger snaps possesses many health benefits.

A Brigham Young University study found that ginger worked better than dimenhydrinate, the active ingredient in over-the-counter motion-sickness medication, at preventing and treating motion sickness. For thousands of years, ginger has been used for its anti-inflammatory and pain relief qualities. Ginger can be used to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other muscular disorders according to the Journal of Medicinal Food. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger can destroy ovarian cancer cells. In addition, they also looked into how ginger could hinder the progression of colorectal cancer cells.

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