Hip health and wellness devotees are now swapping their caffeine-laced cup of joe with a cup of glow! Check out this trend and make the drink yourself. By Esther Au Yong
Golden Milk is the next trendy health drink. (Photo: 123rf.com/thamkc)
You might have noticed a bright yellow, creamy drink on your trendy pal’s Instagram feed or Facebook page. That’s Golden Milk. It’s part of a growing movement of having “superfood” lattes, where drinks with star ingredients such as cinnamon or green tea are preferred over the usual java-based drinks.
In the case of Golden Milk, the glow-factor can be attributed to turmeric. Also known as haldi ka doodh, it is an Ayurvedic healing drink that Indian mothers give their children in winter, particularly if they have a cough or sore throat. There are many recipes for it but they always involve simmering turmeric and ginger in milk.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is well documented to have anti-inflammatory effects. Here’s a recipe, by famous US doctor Andrew Weil, that combines this with the antioxidant power of ginger and black pepper. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory and black pepper contains piperine, which enhances the absorption and the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric. Black pepper also contains iron and vitamin K.
2 cups unsweetened almond/soy/coconut milk
1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh turmeric
3-4 black peppercorns
Combine the ingredients in a small pot and bring to a simmer; continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into a cup and sweeten to taste (you can use some honey).