Recipe and nutritional review
Recently, I noticed “golden milk latte” on the menu list at a local cafe in Camrose, and it spiked my interest. I was not sure what it was, so I went home and looked it up on YouTube. Furthering my interest in the drink were all the videos about the benefits of Golden Milk. Who does not want to be healthy?
The first time I made it the result really surprised me. I assumed that because of the amount of spices in the drink it might not be very tasty, or that it might be a chore to drink. I was completely wrong; the result was a savoury and super delicious drink.
Anyway, seeing how delicious the drink was, and the added health benefits, I thought it was worthy of being shared with my fellow students.
The main ingredients in Golden Milk are all strong antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory. Antioxidants are important because they neutralize and render free radicals harmless. Free radicals are a byproduct of chemical reactions in your body. They are unstable because they contain unpaired electrons. The free radicals then go and grab missing electrons from other cells. This creates a chain effect, creating more free radicals and even damaging cells. When there are too many free radicals it can create oxidative stress and damage. Oxidative stress can lead to DNA damage, which can lead to cancer, it can damage brain cells, etc. The antioxidants in the main ingredients, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, can help neutralize these free radicals.
Inflammation in small doses is good for the body, but chronic inflammation is not good. The anti-inflammatory properties of Golden Milk help in suppressing chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to chronic diseases, cancer, heart disease, etc. Inflammation is characterized by swelling, redness, and pain. In this way reducing inflammation will reduce pain. This is a quality that I am sure many people find quite helpful. For example, the anti-inflammatory qualities in ginger, and cinnamon especially, help reduce menstrual pain.
Turmeric and cinnamon also contain antibiotic and microbial properties. This helps boost the immune system, a quality I think all university students could benefit from as it helps prevent getting the cold every time it comes around.
All these qualities are amazing, but one of the issues is that our body does not absorb turmeric very well. Pepper has been shown to help with the absorption of turmeric. Turmeric is also fat soluble, and therefore coconut oil is added to the beverage. Using these ingredients together will help us get the most out of the turmeric.
As I am not a trained health professional, if you have questions about whether this drink would be good for you or the quantity of the ingredients that should be taken in the case of taking turmeric, ginger, or cinnamon in supplement form, I suggest that you ask your family doctor, especially if you have health problems or are pregnant.
For more information on the benefits of turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger check out the website healthline.com.
1 tsp fresh ground turmeric
¼ tsp fresh ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
A pinch of black pepper
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp coconut oil
2 cups milk
Take all the ingredients and heat them over medium flame, whisking until all the ingredients come together. Your golden milk is ready.
Find the video at: “How To Make – Golden Milk (aka Turmeric Milk) Recipe” by the channel Clean & Delicious.