The Golden Milk trend may have started only a few years ago, but it has ancient roots that date back centuries. These days, you can’t throw a rock in a major city without hitting a trendy coffee shop touting the benefits of turmeric milk lattes, but many from India have been indulging for eons and grew up with their mothers insisting on a cup of the brew. So, what’s the deal with Golden Milk?
What Is Golden Milk?
The recent Golden Milk trend is based on the theory that golden milk is an ancient Indian creation, known as Indian haldi doodh or turmeric milk, that benefits health. Although turmeric milk is common in many Indian households, really the milk is just one method for ingesting the real key ingredient: turmeric. Haldi doodh can be added to teas, honey, small quantities of milk, or even just hot water. Turmeric is also found in other forms of Ayurveda medicine and even beauty products. Adding turmeric to lattes and mixing it with other flavors and additions is more of a creative coffee shop marketing mechanism than anything based on ancient tradition.
What Does Golden Milk Do?
Golden Milk itself doesn’t really do anything – other than taste good. The real secret is in the turmeric which contains curcumin, the spice’s active ingredient. Studies have found curcumin to have many health benefits from preventing cancer to helping bones heal faster. It may also prevent degenerative diseases that affect the brain and may also help with digestive issues.
Studies have also found that curcumin promotes healthy skin and helps the body regulate blood sugar levels delaying the onset of diabetes. In addition, other benefits include lowering cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and other chronic health issues.
Is Golden Milk Really Magical?
Because the secret ingredient is the curcumin and not the other mixtures (although various spices that are added to modern golden milk recipes may also provide other health benefits), golden milk isn’t necessarily a magic elixir. Small amounts of curcumin can be enjoyed in many different recipes, especially those of Thai or Indian origin. Some turmeric species contain more curcumin than others, like the variety sourced from Kerala, India.
What to Watch Out for with Golden Milk Lattes
If you’re not a fan of Indian or Thai cuisines or don’t enjoy making your own golden milk, you can probably find a golden milk latte at your local trendy coffee shop or even premade blends on the shelves of a nearby health-food store. For a while, Starbucks in the UK had their own versions of the photogenic beverages.
You can find countless variations and methods for making golden milk that can be adjusted to your tastes and preferences. Keep in mind that in its simplest form, golden milk is simply turmeric and milk and thus only off-limits if you have a lactose intolerance. To help boost the taste, many commercial products contain added honey or even sugar so be sure to read labels and check the ingredients before you indulge in a hidden sugar bomb.
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