10 Ways To Incorporate Turmeric Into Your Daily Diet

Turmeric is the wonder rhizome of 2017, being included in foods ranging from boxed Kraft Macaroni and Cheese to curries to yellow mustard.

Fresh turmeric resembles ginger root (they are part of the same family), but offers a much more mild and subtle flavor. Fresh turmeric can be slightly bitter and peppery, and is included into recipes sliced, grated, or juiced. Dried turmeric, which is made by peeling, boiling, and drying the fresh rhizome, is widely accessible, but it does lack some of fresh turmeric's essential oils and bite. Regardless of whether it's fresh or dried, when turmeric is added to soups, curries, stews, or sauces (or boxed macaroni and cheese) it imparts a beautiful golden-orange hue.

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But in recent years, many homeopathic remedies have been utilizing turmeric, not for its flavor or coloring agents, but as a remedy for a plethora of ailments. Turmeric contains a high dose of curcumin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, and studies have found that it can help relieve symptoms of hepatitis, colorectal cancer, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It's important to note that many of these studies use concentrated amounts of curcumin, which only makes up between two and six percent of dried turmeric by weight. Still, there must be something to turmeric — it's been used as a medicinal spice for centuries.

Here are 10 ways to incorporate turmeric into your daily diet.