As the human race moves through the era of globalisation a lot of things are coming together in a way that was quite unimaginable before. With western drinks now available globally, South Asian styled drinks are lately gaining ground in the west for their health benefits, the most recent of which is Turmeric Milk followed by Coffee Elevated, and more recently a fusion of turmeric milk and coffee elevated.
However, as nasty as it may sound, Turmeric milk beverages are actually quite delicious and nutritious, based on the fact that turmeric is a root of the rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant that is from the ginger family, a plant which has been used by our ancestors for thousands of years, not only because it added flavour and colour to food, but also because it is a potent anti-oxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties that are entirely naturally occurring.
This new beverage has taken the world by storm and as far back as anyone can remember, somebody came up with the concoction in 2015 and now everybody is getting into the yellow ‘turmeric’ submarine that has become popularly known as ‘Golden Milk’, with a taste fit for King Midas himself.
Turmeric, gets its yellow colour from a chemical contained within the root of the plant which is also known as Curcumin and is seen as a miracle element due to the fact that it is used to cure a significant number of ailments which include joint pains, stomach discomfort, loss of appetite, jaundice ironically, liver problems, gallbladder disorders, high levels of cholesterol, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, haemorrhages, diarrhoea, arthritis, dyspepsia (heartburn), intestinal gas, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), skin inflammation from radiation treatment and last but not least fatigue.
However, it does seem like a strange marriage between the two as most who have dealt with the spice would attest to the fact about the star ingredient for curries which stains practically anything it comes into contact with. Regardless of that, turmeric is generally healthy for most people and this modern version of the ancient traditional Indian “Golden Mylk” has become the latest ‘health drink trend’ following in the footsteps of other Indian ingredients such as coconut oil, ghee and home-made yoghurt.
Golden Mylk, Haldi Milk or Haldi Doodh (Indian parents used to force their children to down this to keep their kids healthy) turmeric latte seems to be turmeric’s latest avatar and a more popular one at that.
This ubiquitous drink and it’s key ingredient (Turmeric) plays a big part in Ayurvedic medical treatment is currently undergoing a phase of runaway popularity after eons of being frowned upon by youngsters in India, and whether or not it’s health benefits are over-stated, one thing for sure is the modern variant tastes a whole lot nicer than the original drink from India, force fed by parents for generations.
Because of it’s newly found great taste and likely positive health benefits, Golden Milk looks like it will stay put for a long time to come as a potential super food health wonder, either with or without coffee.