If you look through the prevention and health magazines these days, you would notice that turmeric has always been a spot light as one of the super food. Turmeric has been said to be antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, stomach-soothing (prevent indigestion), reduce blood-clot (protect against the heart), protect the liver from certain toxins, aids in treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, increase metabolism and so on. And the active ingredient that provided turmeric with all these health benefits lies in a compound called curcumin. Turmeric is also high in fiber, iron, potassium, manganese and small amount of folate, niacin, zinc, vitamin B6 and choline. You can read in more detail through this link here.
Turmeric has been used for thousand of years in India and China as a medicinal treatment for certain illness and also in cooking. In India, it has also been used as dye or coloring. Therefore, the downside of this spice to me is that it stain. If you accidentally touch it, it can stain your fingernails, but it will come off after a few days. If it stain your countertop, try cleaning it baking soda and water solution or bleach or wipe it with Magic Eraser sponge. If you cook your rice like me with a rice cooker, it can stain your rice cooker as well.
I read that small amount used in cooking should have not much impact as a cure for certain diseases, but I think as a prevention it should be alright. If you want to take it as a supplement (as with any supplement), you need to consult with your doctor first as turmeric has to be taken in caution with pregnant women, people with gallstones, stomach ulcers, bile duct obstruction, serious heart and liver conditions.
I have a friend whose mother (who is Indonesian) drink her daily milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed in. When I first heard it, I was like that was a great way to incorporate turmeric in your daily diet for prevention but it was not for me as I don't drink milk. And then while researching on turmeric, I chance upon this recipe, it is a turmeric milk recipe for cough, colds and sore throat! Wow, isn't it interesting and it is said to be an ancient remedy for treating cough, colds and sore throat.
As for me, I finally thought of a way of adding turmeric in my daily diet, that is to add it in my brown rice. In South East Asia, we have a common turmeric coconut rice that is served with chicken curry or rendang. But I have limit my coconut milk intake due to its high fat content. So, I gladly omitted the coconut milk so that I can have turmeric brown rice every weekdays. I normally eat out on weekends. I think my girls are pretty adaptable, they were fine when I switched to all brown rice, they were fine when I added garlic and ginger in cooking my brown rice and they are even fine with this yellow color turmeric brown rice.
Warning: It can stain your rice cooker!! Try washing with baking soda and water solution or vinegar or bleach or use a stainless steel pot.
- 2 cups brown rice
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 tsp. pure turmeric powder
Wash the brown rice in your rice cooker, add in water and turmeric powder, stir with a rice scoop until well mixed before turning your rice cooker on. When cooked, let it rest for 15 minutes before stirring the rice.