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Trending Turmeric

The anti-inflammatory spice enhances a host of flavorful foods and drinks. 

By Kara Nielsen

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By now, it’s well-recognized that turmeric does a body good. Numerous studies show that this super-spice has anti-inflammatory benefits, improves brain function and alleviates arthritis. In a 2017 study, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, was also found to combat nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Results like these add more fuel to the healthy turmeric trend, currently on fire across food and beverage categories. 

Finding ways to add turmeric to our diets has never been easier, thanks to its continued popularity and the wide variety of food and drinks that feature the ingredient. A day gets off to a great start with a turmeric-accented juice, such as Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice with Turmeric and Probiotics or, in the same orange-hued vein, Simple Truth Organic Carrot Turmeric Cold-Pressed Juice. Turmeric also plays an active role in many tonics and herbal teas. KeVita Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic: Turmeric Ginger and Traditional Medicinals Organic Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger are cold- and hot-drink examples.

(Golden) Milk and Cereal

Golden milk is another surging turmeric trend. It’s a blend of turmeric with steamed coconut or nut milk and black pepper, which unlocks the benefits of curcumin in the body. Make it from scratch with powdered spices, ginger and honey, or from a mix, such as Jarrow Formulas Golden Milk Turmeric Infusion powder.

Another way to enjoy the experience of golden milk? Nature’s Path Organic Golden Turmeric Cereal, which incorporates the beverage into a bowl of cornflakes, flavored with coconut, cinnamon and honey. Purely Elizabeth also uses coconut and turmeric in an instant Vibrant Oats cup, made with quinoa, flax and chia. 

Turmeric-Enhanced Snacks and Sweets 

A sign of a maturing trend is when it moves further from its source—in this case, when turmeric starts flavoring snacks, crackers and confections. Larabar Organic with Superfoods bars mix fruits, nuts and seeds with kale and turmeric for a portable antioxidant boost. RW Garcia Organic Lentil with Turmeric Crackers show how easy and logical it can be to use healthful spices in familiar places. Vosges Dark Milk Turmeric Ginger chocolate bar and Theo Coconut Turmeric Chocolate Clusters are two sweet treats that weave in wellness. 

Take advantage of turmeric’s trendiness to find new ways to add the powerhouse to your diet.

Try it at home: Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk 

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk


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  1. According to the American Botanical Council, due to turmeric’s high demand, turmeric powder and extracts have been subject to deliberate, economically motivated adulteration. Thus, we should only buy products from companies with strict quality control measures.