Articles, Nutrition & Health
– 12 March 2019 –
Curcuma is a spice from India with many uses in both cooking and nutrition in general.
It is also well known as the spice that gives curry its yellow color. In India they’ve used it for thousands of years now as a spice, but also as a medicinal plant.
Recent research has confirmed the therapeutic properties of turmeric and its substance, curcumin which contains the most therapeutic and antioxidant properties.
Research has shown that regular consumption of curcumin provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the human body and can prevent or prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart and arthritic diseases.
Ways that curcuma can be consumed is to add it:
• As a spice in foods (rice, soup, grilled vegetables etc.)
• As a dietary supplement in our everyday life
• In Smoothies of fruits or vegetables
• As a tea
For better absorption of its nutritional properties, it is recommended to consume it in combination with black pepper. Curcumin is rapidly expelled while pepper increases the duration of digestion of turmeric in the body, thereby helping it to fully absorb all its nutrients. The amount of turmeric that you add to your food or drink would be good to be roughly equivalent to the amount of pepper you would use.
When used in cooking, its particular flavor is not perceived within the food, so it does not cover the other flavors that accompany it. Try adding it to rice with vegetables which will make the color look yellow with a particular taste that will appeal to both young and old.
Also, try adding it as a spice to eggs or scrambled eggs to camouflage its intense color while with the right amount of pepper you will absorb all its nutritional properties.
We suggest you try the Curcuma flavored Benlian Rice Snacks, which are the only ones on the market in Cyprus that contain turmeric. Made with brown rice, natural aromas and spices, virgin olive oil and turmeric, Rice snacks are an ideal alternative to snacks with low fat and calories. In individual packaging, you can enjoy them at every moment of your day! Benlian Rice Snacks on its own or with your favorite ingredients become small tasty snacks and the combinations that can be created are endless.
You can find them in 3 more delicious flavors: tomato, pesto and Himalayan salt.