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HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC + 9 RECIPES TO TRY
by Danielle Omar, MS, RD
Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine, but now it’s becoming more popular in the United States, and for good reason. In addition to flavor, color, and preserve foods, the spice is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric contains a substance called Curcumin, which is largely responsible for its antioxidant powers. Studies have shown turmeric can lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (the good stuff). It’s also been shown to decrease pain caused by arthritis, treat inflammatory bowel diseases (such as Crohn’s, colitis), slow and even stop cancer cell growth, and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It truly is nature’s medicine! How does it taste? Turmeric is a warm, bitter spice with a rich golden color and is most commonly found as an ingredient in curry dishes. At your grocery store, find turmeric in the spice aisle, or the bulk foods section. Below are a few ideas to take your turmeric game beyond the average curry dish. From gummies to soup to salad, there’s something for everyone: Megan’s//www.foodsofourlives.com/2016/05/turmeric-tomato-soup/"> Turmeric Tomato Soup would be delicious with a slice of crusty sourdough bread on a chilly winter evening. Marisa’s 5-minute//marisamoore.com/2017/01/golden-milk-latte/"> Golden Milk recipe is a super easy anytime snack that’s packed with nutrients and warming spices. My//foodconfidence.com/2014/10/27/chipotle-chili-with-tempeh-and-butternut-squash/"> tempeh chili with butternut squash is delicious and full-flavored! A simmering pot of tasty chili on the stove while watching the football game marks the beginning of fall in our house. For an added nutrient boost, try sprinkling in some Cal-EZ while you sauté the vegetables. This quick and easy//rasamalaysia.com/honey-turmeric-chicken/"> Honey Turmeric Chicken Recipe is a perfect way to marry Asian-Indian flavors! Who doesn’t love a one-pot meal? I know I sure do. It makes getting dinner on the table super simple. This//www.everydaymaven.com/2015/one-pot-turmeric-chicken-with-vegetables/"> One Pot Turmeric Chicken with Vegetables has everything you need for a balanced meal! This//www.mysequinedlife.com/2016/03/21/turmeric-coconut-basmati-rice/"> tasty basmati rice has garlic, ginger and turmeric cooked in coconut milk and make for a creamy and delicious side dish. I love this//www.sprinkleofgreen.com/turmeric-sweet-potato-hummus"> Creamy Turmeric Sweet Potato Hummus from Teffy at Sprinkle of Green. It’s the perfect dip to take to your next party! I’m a fan of the added hit of citrus Elena adds to her//aseasyasapplepie.com/ginger-and-turmeric-carrot-soup/"> Ginger and Turmeric Carrot Soup! Such a unique combination of flavors! How cool are these//greensofthestoneage.stfi.re/flu-busting-citrus-and-turmeric-gummies/?sf=pyrejjo#aa"> Citrus and Turmeric Gummies? I love the idea of a healthy candy that I can make myself!