Things to Know About Turmeric Latte
With the rising popularity of turmeric and its health benefits, many people began to look for fresh or processed turmeric products. Likewise, customers of coffee shops demanded different beverages, not just coffee and tea.
As more people started to give additional attention to their health and wellness, they also began to demand more than just good taste. Today, they want healthier beverages like turmeric tea, turmeric milk, or turmeric latte.
Origin of golden milk and turmeric latte
Turmeric milk and turmeric lattes are now quite popular in the West. But did you know that India started the trend people are raving about? India is the origin of "haldi doodh," or turmeric milk. Most cafés call the herbal drink golden milk or turmeric latte.
The traditional way to prepare turmeric milk is to boil a glass of milk with a slice of turmeric and sugar. They call the concoction golden milk because of its color.
Preparing golden milk the traditional way is laborious. Moreover, the lack of fresh turmeric root could be a problem. Fortunately, turmeric powder is now available, so preparing golden milk is easier. But where does turmeric latte come in?
Technically, golden milk and turmeric latte are the same, although there are some variations in the rest of the ingredients. Turmeric latte uses milk or other milk types, such as coconut, almond, soy, rice, etc., with turmeric powder. Topping the drink with milk foam and adding latte art turn the drink into a turmeric latte. Turmeric latte may contain various spices, such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.
And to make things easier, you can now buy turmeric latte mix, so you can easily prepare a healthy drink at home. Moreover, you can add it to other food, such as soups, baked goods, juices, smoothies, and yogurt.
Every café has its variation of turmeric latte, making the drink more exciting and beneficial health-wise because of the additional natural ingredients.
Traditional and healthy drinks
People traditionally consume healthy drinks, such as various teas (green, chamomile, peppermint, ginger, and hibiscus). Westerners who visit Asia frequently become interested in what the locals drink. Almost every Asian country has traditional herbal teas using different flowers, roots, bark, and leaves. Many countries use the same ingredients but differentiate their drinks from the others by adding other ingredients, which are all beneficial to health.
For example, turmeric, which is very popular now, has existed for centuries. India is one of the Asian countries that use turmeric extensively for their cuisine, particularly curries and Ayurvedic medicine.
Why use turmeric?
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is believed to provide various health benefits. According to people who consistently use turmeric, the root has functional ingredients that increase the immune system and boost energy. In addition, based on Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has anti-parasitic, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. While turmeric has these medicinal properties, it still needs further clinical trials to ascertain its effects on the body.
Although turmeric's health benefits need further study, drinking turmeric latte is beneficial because you consume natural ingredients, compared to other drinks with chemical additives.