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Super Spice of the Week: Turmeric

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tumericYou may have been keeping up with my blog and reading about the superfoods and super nutrients. Well, I’d like to introduce you to the very first…wait for it…. super spice! It’s turmeric. You may have heard of it. You may even know about its nutritional benefits. But you’re probably wondering, “What in the world do I put it in?” We’ll get to that part soon.

This earthy spice has been used in India for over 2500 years and is an essential part of the daily Asian diet. With the rise in popularity of Indian/Asian foods, many are wondering how they can incorporate this super spice into their diet, but more importantly the question has been “Why should I?”

Check out some health benefits of turmeric and see if you aren’t convinced:

  • Tumeric is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, tumeric is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Tumeric may aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
  • Tumeric speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

With that said, you are probably eager to start incorporating this awesome super spice into your diet, right? Note that turmeric can be taken in powder form or in pill form, which is available at most health food stores (between 250 and 500 mg capsules). The powder form can be found in most grocery stores in the spice aisle. Look for the beautiful bright yellow color. But remember that it is very pungent, so when cooking with it, just a pinch will do. Here are some fun ways to use this superspice:

  • Add a pinch of turmeric to any potato or egg salad.
  • Use it to spice up a simple rice dish.
  • Sprinkle on chicken or any other meat before you pop it in the oven.

If you’re feeling bold and extra pumped about this super spice, take the plunge and try this recipe for Indian-Style Rice with Cashews, Raisins, and Turmeric.

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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