I think many of the studies out there on Ginger’s cortisol reduction and everything else are based on the dry powder in capsules, for guaranteed purity and dosage control - two doses per day, one capsule each time totals 1.1 gram dry ginger - which is only around .6 gm carbs. Pickled is wonderful with some meals indeed - but to get the concentration of the powder it’d take too much pickle to the overheating point. But when one meal has some, or some sauteed shredded Ginger in generous amounts - it might certainly replace one of the doses, that’s what I do.
In ayurveda, the dry powdered Ginger is considered to have different properties, more heating and more medicinal. Vasant Lad, in the Yoga Of Herbs, has a great section on it, as well as an ancient recipe for mixing dry Ginger w/ a bit of its tea or juice and forming in homemade pills for those who are interested. I suppose it’s even cheaper than the 120 capsule bottles for $8!
Yes, esp on OMAD days, it’s easy for everyone to up the carbs to some degree - especially for those who aren’t metabolically deranged. Have been following some of Grace Liu’s LCHF-friendly work about “building the warrior gut” for microbiome health. Apparently butyrate is made in really large quantities by certain good bacteria in the gut, and they are fed by certain kinds of resistant starches and fibers, and in turn, butyric acid does amazing things to protect us from excessive fermentation - good for both physical and mental health. And certain kinds of rice as well as cooked veg fiber feeds that process.
Microbiologist Norm Robillard’s work on the subject has been praised by LCHF doc Michael Eades which is how I found out the concept of hard-to-digest carbs as having “Fermentation Potential” (FP). For folks with gut issues, limiting FP, as opposed to just limiting overall carbs, is his approach - and it all depends on the gut health of the person.
I personally think the superfood Ginger is a panacea for many ills, - and is the secret to traditional Asian and north African cultures’ agile and lean elders - along with good fats flowing well!