Turmeric The Health Food Trend You Need to Know About (2)

Turmeric: The Health Food Trend You Need to Know About

Turmeric: The Health Food Trend You Need to Know About

Turmeric is the most studied plant food in the world, and for good reason. Due to its enormous amount of health benefits, and its rising demand in cosmetics, the turmeric industry is booming, and this plant has become a global superstar.

Turmeric has a very long history, dating back nearly 4000 years, for its use in both food and medicine. Although many typically think of it as a spice, it has many other applications as well, including its use in beauty products for its healing and skin conditioning powers. Curcumin, the most active component of turmeric, has been gaining significant attention this year. This bright yellow phytochemical is not only a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, but can also help slow the signs of aging, act as a digestive aid, and boost immunity. In fact, studies have shown that curcumin is just as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC

1. Anti-inflammatory

2. Antioxidant powerhouse

3. Digestive aid

4. Liver detoxification

5. Heals and brightens skin

6. Improves cognitive function

7. Cancer prevention

8. Detox superfood

WAYS TO EAT AND DRINK TURMERIC

SMOOTHIES

Next time you make a smoothie, incorporate a dash of turmeric in with your greens, plant-based milk, frozen fruit and other smoothie add-ons to experience its benefits. Turmeric can be pungent, but being combined with these ingredients should mask the flavour.

Teas and Tonics

Speaking of health food trends, a big one has been ‘Golden Milk’, or Turmeric Tea. Make your tea using fresh or ground turmeric, accompanied by aromatic and healing spices like ginger, cinnamon, clove and black pepper (black pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric). Simmer the ingredients with some plant-based milk and raw honey to enjoy this comforting beverage!

DIPS AND SPREADS

Hummus is the perfect vehicle for turmeric! Next time you’re making a homemade spread at home, throw in some turmeric for the added benefits and for its beautiful yellow colour.

RICE

Adding a dash of turmeric to your rice is an easy way to add an extra boost of flavour and nutrition to a dish. Next time you’re seasoning rice, incorporate turmeric!

SOUP

Turmeric shines when it’s used in warming foods. Use turmeric in your next soup recipe to make a fragrant, detoxifying broth to make it feel even more comforting.

ROASTED VEGETABLES

Turmeric works really well with roasted root vegetables, cauliflower and potatoes. It will make the vegetables stand out as truly flavourful, and will give it a pop of colour.

TOFU SCRAMBLE

Want to know what the secret is to making tofu scramble really believable? Turmeric. It’s a great recipe idea for someone who is new to turmeric, and adds a perfect amount of colour and flavour when paired with nutritional yeast.

POPCORN TOPPER

The opportunities to sneak in turmeric are endless! Next time you make turmeric, switch it up and top it with some turmeric, nutritional yeast and sea salt. It will feel like you’re indulging in a warm, flavourful, cheesy bowl of popcorn that is secretly nutritious.

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