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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Turmeric / Tumeric

What is Turmeric
Turmeric root is a tropical, herbaceous plant that looks like ginger's jaundiced cousin.  Turmeric, often misspelled as tumeric, is a pungent Indian spice. It is used in many spice blends as a flavoring and coloring agent.  The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. 

The flavor of turmeric is often described as buttery and slightly bitter, with a hint of mustard and horseradish. Fresh turmeric is more like ginger, but sweeter and more aromatic. 

Turmeric is often suggested as a substitute for the much more expensive saffron(although not by professional chefs) and annatto, because it produces that beautiful golden color associated with saffron-infused recipes. Indeed, turmeric is often added to ground saffron by some unscrupulous manufacturers to increase the profit margin. When substituting turmeric for saffron, be aware that turmeric is much more pungent and should be used sparingly. 




Health Benefits
  • It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
  • When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
  • Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
  • Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  • Is a natural liver detoxifier.
  • It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  • Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
  • Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
  • May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
  • Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
  • Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
  • Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
  • May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Used in beauty treatment for controlling body hair growth. Used in facial pack for controlling Acne, Treat Wrinkles, Alleviate dry or oil skin. 
  • It can be used for treating cracked heels
Pls be aware of side effects before you start taking large amount.
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Names In Other Languages for Turmeric(Arabic, Assamese, Bengali,Chinese, French, German, Gujarati,Hindi, Kannada, Malay, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu)::


Nutritional value


NUTRITION INFORMATION
Amounts per 1 tablespoon (7g)

Calorie Information
Amounts Per Selected Serving
%DV
Calories
23.9
(100 kJ)
1%
  From Carbohydrate
16.8
(70.3 kJ)
  From Fat
5.6
(23.4 kJ)
  From Protein
1.5
(6.3 kJ)
  From Alcohol
0.0
(0.0 kJ)

Carbohydrates
Amounts Per Selected Serving
%DV
Total Carbohydrate
4.4
g
1%
Dietary Fiber
1.4
g
6%
Starch
~
Sugars
0.2
g

Fats & Fatty Acids
Amounts Per Selected Serving
%DV
Total Fat
0.7
g
1%
Saturated Fat
0.2
g
1%
Monounsaturated Fat
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.1
g
Total trans fatty acids
~
Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids
~
Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids
~
Total Omega-3 fatty acids
32.5
mg
Total Omega-6 fatty acids
114
mg
Protein & Amino Acids
Amounts Per Selected Serving
%DV
Protein
0.5
g
1%

Vitamins
Amounts Per Selected Serving
%DV
Vitamin A
0.0
IU
0%
Vitamin C
1.7
mg
3%
Vitamin D
~
~
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
0.2
mg
1%
Vitamin K
0.9
mcg
1%
Thiamin
0.0
mg
1%
Riboflavin
0.0
mg
1%
Niacin
0.3
mg
2%
Vitamin B6
0.1
mg
6%
Folate
2.6
mcg
1%
Vitamin B12
0.0
mcg
0%
Pantothenic Acid
~
~
Choline
3.3
mg
Betaine
0.7
mg

Minerals
Amounts Per Selected Serving
%DV
Calcium
12.4
mg
1%
Iron
2.8
mg
16%
Magnesium
13.0
mg
3%
Phosphorus
18.1
mg
2%
Potassium
170
mg
5%
Sodium
2.6
mg
0%
Zinc
0.3
mg
2%
Copper
0.0
mg
2%
Manganese
0.5
mg
26%
Selenium
0.3
mcg
0%
Fluoride
~

Sterols
Amounts Per Selected Serving
%DV
Cholesterol
0.0
mg
0%
Phytosterols
5.5
mg

Other
Amounts Per Selected Serving
%DV
Alcohol
0.0
g
Water
0.8
g
Ash
0.4
g
Caffeine
0.0
mg
Theobromine
0.0
mg


Footnotes for Spices, turmeric, ground
Source: Nutrient data for this listing was provided by USDA SR-21. Each "~" indicates a missing or incomplete value.

Percent Daily Values (%DV) are for adults or children aged 4 or older, and are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

Nutrition Data's Opinion, Completeness Score™, Fullness Factor™, Rating, Estimated Glycemic Load (eGL), and Better Choices Substitutions™ are editorial opinions of NutritionData.com, given without warranty, and are not intended to replace the advice of a nutritionist or health-care professional. Nutrition Data's opinions and ratings are based on weighted averages of the nutrient densities of those nutrients for which the FDA has established Daily Values, and do not consider other nutrients that may be important to your health or take into account your individual needs. Consequently, Nutrition Data's higher-rated foods may not necessarily be healthier for you than lower-rated ones. All foods, regardless of their rating, have the potential to play an important role in your diet.

IF Rating™ is a trademark of Monica Reinagel. Data for the IF Rating was provided by inflammationfactor.com.


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Turmeric Substitute


Many people use saffron in place of turmeric. It has a similar vibrant color and the flavor is similar, though not the same, to turmeric.
Mustard powder can be substituted for ground turmeric in recipes in a one to one ratio. You can also add a pinch of saffron for a more turmeric-like color.
If you're just looking to match the color of turmeric, you can use marigold, a mild-flavored spice. You need about 3-4 times as much marigold than you do turmeric when substituting in a recipe.

Where it can be used

It can be used in food recipe, Beauty treatments, to treat certain illness

How to Store

Store it in air tight container

Recipe Using  Turmeric (Here I list only main dishes.. but Turmeric can be used in lot of dishes for decoration or just to add little flavour)

http://Great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com --> Search for Turmeric



2 comments:

  1. wat a great post...thanks for sharing veena..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  2. Thanks veena for leaving valuable comments in my blog .. :)
    grt effort ...u shared good knowldge abt turmeric ... keep it up !!

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