Turmeric has had a huge amount of good press in recent years – and there’s a reason why. Studies show that turmeric is one of the most effective nutritional supplements available to us. We’ve been researching why it’s so good for us and how we can incorporate it into our diets.
Turmeric is made up of a medical compound known as curcumin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Most western diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s are caused by chronic low-level inflammation. Regular consumption of turmeric is thought to fight inflammation and prevent the progression of these diseases. But as well as these diseases, studies show that turmeric can aid indigestion, bacterial and viral infections, depression and even allergies. So really, there is little reason why we shouldn’t all be increasing our turmeric consumption.
You can take turmeric in root or powder form and research shows that both are equally effective. However, the consumption of turmeric with black pepper is known to boost the rate of absorption significantly. Most people are familiar with using turmeric in curries, but there are a great many ways of incorporating it into our diet. One of the most popular being the turmeric latte, a delicious coffee alternative packed with health benefits. You can use almond, soya, hazelnut or cow’s milk with this recipe.
- 200ml milk
- 1tsp turmeric
- ½tsp ginger
- 1 pinch of pepper
- 1tsp of maple syrup or honey
Simply combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat on a low temperature for several minutes. When the milk is warmed through transfer to a mug and enjoy!
(Image sourced from: https://nadialim.com/recipe/spiced-turmeric-latte/)
Below are some of our favourite recipes using turmeric:
Turmeric, ginger and chicken soup
This soup is warming and nourishing and is another great way to sneak turmeric into your diet.
(Image and recipe sourced from: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/turmeric-ginger-chicken-soup).
This butter is a great way to pack flavour into your roast chicken and it can be frozen for up to a month.
(Image and recipe sourced from: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/indian-compound-butter).
Tandoori spiced carrots
Sprinkling your vegetables with turmeric before roasting is another easy way to incorporate the spice into your diet. These carrots are a delicious accompaniment at a BBQ and they really pack a punch.
(Image and recipe sourced from: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/tandoori-carrots-with-vadouvan-spice-and-yogurt)
We hope that you give a few of these recipes a go and try to incorporate turmeric into your diet. Don’t forget that you can purchase your turmeric and other ingredients from Freshfield’s market and be sure of the quality of produce.