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Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)

The advice around what constitutes ‘healthy eating’ can seem confusing and contradictory. However, there is one humble spice that has popped up in media from time to time. Turmeric (which contains the active ingredient curcumin) is often found in curries, giving the food its distinctive yellow colour. It is also available as a food supplement. In a recent study by Dr Lesley Walker and Cancer Research UK (BBC 28.10.09) is has shown to have anti cancer properties. It may also have an anti inflammatory effect. If you want to watch out for high levels of fat and salt, often present in restaurants and take away food, then you could add a small amount to your cooking.

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