Chances are you’ve probably never heard about Turmeric and the benefits that it has for you. It’s rare to hear of the powder, and even rarer to hear about the plant unless you personally cook a lot, and specifically Asian cuisine. There are tons of health benefits that come with eating Turmeric, and even if you don’t know it now you’ll find that it’s not too difficult to incorporate into your daily life.
FUN FACT #1
You have most likely already encountered Turmeric! It’s one of the main ingredients in Curry Powder, which is combined in most of the Asian and Indian foods that we eat today.
FUN FACT #2
While most spices and herbs that we know today tend to be subdued colors, such as dark green, brown, or white, Turmeric is actually bright yellow or orange.
FUN FACT #3
Turmeric is typically known as the “golden spice of India.”
FUN FACT #4
Turmeric may be a spice, but it is actually used to dye some cosmetics that we use today, specifically yellow things and some brands of blushes.
FUN FACT #5
Turmeric is technically a tropical cousin of the ginger root. They contain many of the same properties and health benefits. The only difference is the color and region that it is grown.
HOW TO USE
In our society Turmeric is used in everything. Cosmetics, clothing, cereal, etc. If it needs to be dyed a yellow color then it most likely has Turmeric in it. As for you, there are some ways that you can use it at home. One thing you can do is make a tea out of it. This is very popular in Japan, so if Japanese culture interests you then perhaps this is something you can try! You can also get it in a powder form and try it in different recipes, or try a completely new one online. Typically these recipes will be for Asian and Indian food, so make sure to try something that you know you will like if you’ve never had food from those cultures before. It’s becoming more popular with chef of all cuisines world wide.
Turmeric is packed with antioxidants to boost your immune system. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for keeping your digestive system from getting all wonky. It’s a good source of fiber and is low in both Cholesterol and Sodium, meaning that it’s healthier for you than a lot of things for sale here in America. Take advantage of all these health benefits and include more fresh Turmeric or Turmeric powder in your diet.
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