If you’re a curry connoisseur or interested in health and fitness you may have heard of the ingredient turmeric.
It seems the golden spice is becoming increasingly popular in our everyday diets as well as in health food products.
While colouring curries is probably it’s most common use - with claims it could even have added health benefits - there’s also a number of other interesting facts about taking turmeric.
Add some seasoning
Curcumin is the component in turmeric that is sought after, however the body finds it difficult to absorb this nutrient. Research suggests that if you take turmeric with black pepper it can enhance the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%1.
That’s because black pepper contains piperine – a natural substance which aids with absorption, which is the reason why a lot of turmeric supplements also contain piperine.
Sweet and savoury
Most people think that as turmeric is a spice, it can only be used in savoury dishes, such as curries. But that needn’t be the case. Turmeric is a great ingredient to jazz up a dish and more and more recipes have been introducing the ingredient to add interest to sweet treats such as pancakes, smoothies, mousse and as a colouring in cake icing2. Turmeric’s earthy aroma goes particularly well with citrus fruits and ginger - adding a healthy kick to something a little more indulgent.