At this point, coffee is probably more popular than water for most of the USA. There's a study claiming 83% of the country cannot be without it. It is no surprise then that fads and trends emerge within the market before quickly fading away.
The latest trendy latte love is adding a shot of turmeric or cinnamon to your morning cup of joe. However, there are more than a few reasons why this one might be here to stay.
Read on to find out more about why you should be adding Turmeric to your own cups of coffee or your latte.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric Coffee
The word superfood gets bandied around a lot, and it does not really mean anything. It is an unregulated, unsubstantiated claim largely used by marketing companies.
If any food or spice deserves the title, turmeric is certainly it. It is packed to bursting with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties owing to the large concentration of curcumin found in the plant  .
Anyway, here are a few benefits:
- Fights free radicals
- Fights inflammation
- Boosts your immune system
- Helps overall gut health
It also boosts your immune system. The recent scientific backing is in agreement with ayurvedic and traditional medicines that have treasured the miracle plant as a cure-all for well over 2,000 years, so it has to be doing something right? Additionally, we did research and picked out the best turmeric supplements on the market.
Can You Drink It As A Weight Loss Aid?
The latest trend and major benefit of turmeric coffee are in its use as a weight-loss aid. It is being touted as the latest miracle pill. Both coffee and turmeric are known to increase your resting metabolic rate . This can help you burn more fat while at rest.
Before you start downing a turmeric coffee latte and waiting for the magic to happen you should know coffee's weight loss benefits are much more pronounced if you are also exercising. It should also be noted that while turmeric’s many health benefits are well documented its use as a weight-loss aid is less so. But if you're not a fan of turmeric, you can try broccoli coffee or vegan bulletproof coffee for similar results instead.
Does It Have Any Side Effects?
Side effects from those who use turmeric in their food or as medicine are rare, with only a few reporting cases of nausea or an upset stomach and usually from taking incredibly large amounts.
There are reports of it producing an irregular heartbeat but only in someone who was taking over 1500 mg a day.
The real risk of side effects will likely stem more from the coffee. It is well known as a stimulant and can cause jitters, headaches, nausea, insomnia, and an increased heart rate among those who are sensitive to caffeine.
Turmeric Coffee Recipe
Given how easy and cheap turmeric is to come across even in your local grocery store, you’re probably thinking about giving it a try.
Well here is my favorite vegan turmeric and coffee latte recipe that will have you instantly addicted with its ingredients.
- 2 cups almond milk (or whichever dairy-free milk you prefer)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- ⅓ tsp ground ginger
- ⅓ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp of your favorite instant coffee
- 1 tsp of syrup or sugar (optional)
- Heat the ingredients in a saucepan on medium to high heat until hot, don’t let it boil. I repeat DON’T LET IT BOIL, it’ll make the already bitter taste unbearably stronger with the cinnamon.
- While your magical turmeric elixir heats you should whisk it to produce a beautiful creamy froth. When done simply pour into cups, sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon or turmeric for style points, and enjoy.
- If you’re feeling particularly spicy, exotic, or adventurous add a crack of black pepper to the mix which will boost the absorption and effect of the curcumin by up to 2000% .
Vegan Golden Milk Recipe
For those sensitive to coffee but who still want to enjoy the good anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin, never fear, golden milk was the hot beverage that inspired the trend.
Here is a caffeine-free vegan alternative recipe just for you:
- 2 cups coconut milk (you can use an alternative but coconut provides a much smoother texture)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger (optional)
- A dash of ground black pepper
Mix them all in a saucepan and heat over medium to high heat taking care not to let it boil. This should only take about 5 mins in total. When hot, serve and enjoy.
Should I Add Turmeric To My Morning Cup Of Coffee?
Given the recorded good health benefits and the incredibly complementary flavor profile, I see no reason why not to add turmeric to your morning coffee. I have to admit I was skeptical at first but I’ve learned to love the taste.
It adds no total time to the prep. One teaspoon is enough for one cup of coffee. You can follow a recipe from above or find your own favorite, but I assure you, you will not want to look back.
Are you turmeric and coffee convert? Let us know how you take your cup in the comments below.