Friday, September 28, 2018

Yum Yum for Spices: Turmeric Does a Body Good...or Does It?

Turmeric has been touted over the last few years as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diet aide and even eases arthritis and joint pain. As we all know taking something in moderation might do a body good, but like anything else we find too much of a good thing produces side effects. Turmeric is no exception.

Turmeric Side effects are:
#Increased risk of bleeding
#Stomach issues and GERD
#Raise gallbladder contractions/gallstones
#Lower blood pressure
#Risk of kidney stones
#Pregnant and breastfeeding concerns
#Diarrhea and nausea
#Not to be taken with blood thinners
#Causes allergic reaction
#May lead to infertility for men
#Causes an iron deficiency
#Risky during surgery

Most of these side effects occur when someone is taking turmeric daily as a dietary supplement (pill form) and not while using it as a spice in foods. Turmeric most probable origin is from Vietnam, China or Western India and is cultivated in Southeast Asia. The world’s largest producer, consumer and exporter is India. It’s used as a flavoring agent in many Asian dishes, especially for curries. Turmeric powder has a warm, bitter, black pepper-like flavor and earthy, mustard-like aroma.

It’s used in many products, such as; canned beverages, baked products, dairy products, ice cream, yogurt, yellow cake mix, orange juice, biscuits, popcorn color, cereals, sauces and gelatin. It’s principal ingredient is curry powder. Mostly used dried, but you can also use it fresh, like ginger.

I have 2 recipes that use turmeric. One is for breakfast, Spicy Potatoes and Scrambled Eggs and the other one is for dinner, One Pan Brazilian Chicken and Rice. Check them out and let me know what you think. 

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