What kind of turmeric powder should we choose for our anti-cancer kitchens?
photo of raw turmeric courtesy of Holly Botner, the Jittery Cook
Most of the world’s turmeric comes from two places in India: Alleppey and Madras. According to Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, an M.D. Andersen researcher and author of “Healing Spices,” turmeric from Alleppey contains nearly twice the amount of curcumin, the potent cancer-fighting compound, than turmeric from Madras.
So how do you know which one you’re buying? Alleppey’s magic powder has a deeper color (a brighter yellow) and a more mellow flavor, says Aggarwal.
Don’t forget the other foods to combine with your daily turmeric–black pepper and a little healthy fat to increase absorption. Heating also helps. Have you tried making this anti-cancer turmeric concoction yet?
Why not fresh turmeric? Wouldn’t that be better!
Fresh turmeric is great! Many people have a hard time finding it. One teaspoon of turmeric powder is the equivalent of about an inch of fresh turmeric.