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I have been getting asked a lot about the health benefits on turmeric and if it is something we should be adding into our diet. With it being featured on ‘this morning’ earlier this week as well as getting lots of media coverage, I felt it was quite relevant to add a little evidence based blog.
I love adding turmeric into curries especially coconut milk based ones and having the odd turmeric latte (recipe below) however, as with most foods it is important to eat in moderation… but I bet you knew I was going to say that?!
Turmeric has lots of rumours going round about how it can cure cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimers as well as aiding weight loss. To keep it short and sweet it is not the miracle spice you may think.
Turmeric contains the antioxidant chemical curcumin which is usually what is found to have anti-inflammatory properties we hear so much about (it also gives tumeric its bright golden colour) However, its quantities can vary with the turmeric we buy in our local supermarket, with some bottles only containing around 3% and with curcumin being poorly absorbed we would need kilos of it to see any benefits.
Turmeric extract on the other hand can contain as much as 95% curcumin which is usually tested in scientific, test tube studies. There is not enough sufficient evidence to show the benefits of turmeric in humans at the moment and much more research is needed. However, that is not to say stop eating it, if you enjoy it then whack it in those curries and opt for a turmeric latte now and again but if you don’t enjoy it then don’t feel the pressure to add it it your diet, you aren’t missing out.
Just a quick note on recent media coverage. It important to note that every body is different and what has worked in one person may not actually work for you. Always speak to a medical professional/Registered Dietitian or Reg. Nutritionist before adding vast amounts of something like this into your diet. Please do not consider IV treatment for ingredients such as turmeric (it has unfortunately led to a death in 2017)
If you do want to try turmeric I would recommend a tablespoon in any type of curry or if you want to see what all the fuss is about try my homemade turmeric latte recipe below:
Spicy Turmeric Latte Recipe:
- 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of honey (or sweetener of your choice)
- 150ml of your chosen milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Add all ingredients into a pan and whisk.
Stir ingredients over a medium heat until warm
Add to your favourite mug and dust with extra cinnamon and enjoy!