forgotten ingredients: turmeric

hello lovelies! today i'm starting a new column called the forgotten ingredient. so often i find myself not only discovering new ingredients, but also discovering the health benefits to some more common ingredients that i just never knew about. are you with me? sound interesting? feel free to share you thoughts in the comment section, add any knowledge you may have or even suggest ingredients for future posts!

on today's menu? turmeric.

forgotten ingredient: turmeric{organic ground turmeric} (on etsy!)

wh foods describes turmeric as has having a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger. to me, turmeric has a very light and agreeable flavor, one that you might be surprised at given the intensity of it's color. you'll often find it in indian dishes and curries, as the ingredient that gives them that vibrant yellow color. turmeric has quite a long list of health benefits, among them are an immense amount of anti-cancer properties and anti-alzheimers preventers. in fact, over a billion people eat turmeric in india every day, and they have one of the lowest rates of alzheimers in the world!

turmeric and its active component, curcumin, are useful for treating indigestion, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers, osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, uveitis, and bacterial and viral infections. it is a natural liver detoxifier, anti-inflammatory agent, pain killer and may aid in helping fat metabolism. click through the following articles to find even more of turmeric's benefits and read the details of each:

- university of maryland medical center on turmeric

- 20 health benefits of turmeric

- wh foods on turmeric

so the next question is, just how much should we be eating a day? the recommendation for adults are:

- cut root: 1.5 - 3 g per day
- dried, powdered root: 1 - 3 g per day
- standardized powder (curcumin): 400 - 600 mg, 3 times per day
- fluid extract (1:1) 30 - 90 drops a day
- tincture (1:2): 15 - 30 drops, 4 times per day

that's roughly about 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric a day (anyone have some turmeric and a gram scale??)

so the next question might be, what do you do it with it?

- add it to curries, stir fries and any indian dishes
- toss it with vegetables before roasting
- make turmeric tea (and read about the benefits)
- add 1 tsp (or more) to rice, quinoa, bulgar or any rice-y dish
- add it to potato or egg salad
- add it to soups

any other ways in which you use turmeric? please share!


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  • That’s so interesting — I never knew that about turmeric! I’m definitely going to have to incorporate that into my diet more frequently.

    I love the idea of informing readers about forgotten ingredients!

  • This is such a great first post! I know I was talking to you about it earlier, but I was at work so I couldn’t actually visit here. I’m really looking forward to this series.

  • I’ve been using tumeric on burgers when I fry them! I put it on them when the burgers are about done and sprinkle it on top! I plan to use it in a lot of my dishes and be sure my husband and I get around a tsp. a day! So just one tsp a day is all we each need?

  • I am dealing with Non-Hodgins lymphoma and would like to use Tumeric and ginger.
    I am not sure how much of each to use….in teaspoons.
    Some said don’t get either from a supplement over the counter.
    Can you give me any information on how much to use of the powder you get from the jar of spice.