We’ve been hearing a lot about turmeric. It is in some of our foods- usually the yellow ones like mustard.
Turmeric has been an important spice in cooking for thousands of years and more recently has been the subject of our study because it has been brought to our attention in a number of ways and some believe it to be a truly important SUPERFOOD that enables our body to work much better when we include it in our foods than when we don’t get much of it. Also, there are companies that want to take advantage of this healthy-for-us root, so they package it, make claims that may or may not be true and run to the bank with your money while leaving you with more questions than answers.
We have noticed that from time to time certain foods will take center stage with claims that they are good for everything that can possibly go wrong in our body, and if those claims were correct, we know that eating only that one food would fix all our problems… so what is the truth and how should we eat?
I like to go BACK IN HISTORY– way back to when God created our earth, the animals, plants, fish, birds– and of course man. Everything was done for our benefit and enjoyment. We have green leafy things great for salads and a wide colorful variety of solid things- carrots, beets, radishes, potatoes, and a great many with more than one color- turnips come to mind.
Then of course we have a great variety of fruits, berries, nuts and CHOCOLATE!! Why, you may ask, do we believe God made chocolate- where does it really come from? Good news- it grows on trees! It all starts with a small tropical tree that is native to Central and South America with many being grown in Africa and is called a cacao tree (Theobroma cacao, usually called simply, “cacao.” Theobroma is Greek for “food of the gods.”) The ridged, football shaped pods, encase a sticky white pulp and about 30 or 40 seeds. The pulp is both sweet and tart and is eaten and used in making drinks. The seeds, were you to bite into one straight out of the pod, are incredibly bitter, but they are what we get our cacao powder from.
Since God created the sugar cane and the cacao bean, He intends us to have and enjoy them, but I really don’t believe He intended us to change them into something else. Had God wanted sugar to be bleached white with much of its nutrients removed, I believe He would have created it that way. Same with flour- had God wanted wheat to be snow white and contain poisons to keep insects away, I believe He would have created it that way. I personally believe God wants us to protect and tend our crops without changing their properties.
For these reasons, I believe we should consume and enjoy a wide variety of foods and herein lies our problem. Some people do eat a very wide variety, but in our busy and modern society, a great many don’t. Therefore when claims are made about certain foods and drinks that seem to be true, less than honest companies will create a product containing that food or drink that is not actually going to do all they advertise it to do, or just add a bit to the ingredients of their product knowing that when you see it in the ingredients list you will think you’re getting more than they are actually putting into it. Sad but true.
OK- Back to TURMERIC.... I would like to share two videos with you- they are among several that have been sent our way. We would like you to know the story of one doctor who found a solution to his wife’s Alzheimer’s. He was able to create a 21 day diet plan to help people with this illness. We have checked it out and can tell you it uses coconut oil, black pepper and turmeric. We can also tell you that even though eating his 21 day diet would no doubt do wonders for you, so will the way we suggest you eat on our EAT HEALTHY! page. Here is the link to his video- Memory Repair Protocol, Martin Reilly.
The second video had us laughing so hard my tummy hurt! Yet at the same time, it contains much truth. I have a thyroid that barely works and needs a hormone supplement from my Naturopath. One of my doctors said I needed more saturated fats for this problem and told me I should eat avocados and coconut oil- in his opinion they were the very best source for what my body needs. In recent years coconut oil has been recommended for many things, so it has become a favorite for shampoo and skin cream as well as bulletproof coffee. Please know that I don’t use the same oil in the bathroom as we do in the kitchen. I buy a coconut oil shampoo and a coconut oil moisturizing cream for my skin. NOW- please enjoy this very funny, but mostly true video.
You may wish to check out this article in Consumer Review.. Is Your Turmeric Effective?, however, we have chosen one by Nature’s Nutrition that has more than the minimum recommended, and have decided to replace our Ginkgo Biloba supplement with this.
Wondering how you can add turmeric to your foods?
1. Add it to scrambles and frittatas.
Use a pinch of turmeric in scrambled eggs, a frittata, or tofu scramble. If you or your family are new to turmeric, this is a great place to start because the color is familiar and the flavor subtle.
Get a Recipe: Southwestern Tofu Scramble
2. Toss it with roasted vegetables.
Turmeric’s slightly warm and peppery flavor works especially well with cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables.
Get a Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin
3. Add it to rice.
A dash of turmeric brings color and mild flavor to a pot of plain rice or a fancier pilaf.
Get a Recipe: Fragrant Yellow Rice
4. Try it with greens.
Sprinkle turmeric into sautéed or braised greens like kale, collards, and cabbage.
Get a Recipe: Cabbage in Mild Yogurt and Mustard Seed Curry
5. Use it in soups.
A bowl of vegetable or chicken soup feels even more warming when it’s tinged with golden turmeric.
Get a Recipe: Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup
6. Blend it into a smoothie.
While fresh turmeric root is especially great in juices and smoothies, a pinch of ground spice is good, too. The slightly pungent flavor is usually well masked in smoothies.
Get a Recipe: Superpower Morning Smoothie (the recipe doesn’t call for turmeric, but you can definitely add it!)
7. Make tea.
Simmer turmeric with milk and honey to make an earthy and comforting beverage.
Get a Recipe: Turmeric-Ginger Tea
An Additional Tip: If you’re looking to get the health benefits of turmeric, pair it with pepper. Herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt tells us, “To get the most out of your turmeric add 3% black pepper to the mix. Black pepper improves the bio-availability of turmeric, making smaller doses more effective.” This works out to about 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper to 1/4 cup of turmeric. To make it easy, I simply premix pepper into my jar of turmeric.
By now we hope you know that all the foods God has given us to eat are good for our body, but they do not all contain the same nutrients, and therefore we need a wide variety to be at our very best physically. We want to know what the various foods do and which ones serve us best, so there are many studies- some honest, some not- on a variety of foods, both by those who want the truth and those who are looking to make a quick buck at our expense. Because most of us don’t get enough nutrients in our foods, we need to supplement with good live vitamins and detox our bodies in order to avoid colds, flu, diabetes, cancer and many other things that keep us from being our best. If you wonder what we take, you will find them here on our Supplements?! page.
We like WebMD and are pleased to bring you some of their information. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-TURMERIC.aspx?activeIngredientId=662&activeIngredientName=TURMERIC
We have enjoyed Dr. Mercola’s information from time to time and he has not disappointed us here– we would like to try his recipe for Basmati Rice with Cashews, Raisins, and Turmeric! http://foodfacts.mercola.com/turmeric.html
TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!
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