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Peet’s Coffee Adds Golden Cold Brew To Their 2019 Menu

It’s the start of a new year and so begins my cycle of trying to eat and drink healthier. Thankfully, chains like Peet’s Coffee are launching a few new beverages that will make this gradual transition into health consciousness a little easier.

The brand is introducing their new Golden Cold Brew Fog, a “gold” cold brew, to the 2019 line-up. Peet’s is known for offering turmeric-based gold drinks as a seasonal option, and this will be the first time the chain dabbles in cold brew coffee.

Peet’s Golden Cold Brew Fog features a Baridi Blend cold brew that’s brightened up by turmeric, with notes of honey syrup, ginger, milk, and ice. Also joining the menu will be the Golden Matcha Latte which sees matcha green tea paired with steamed milk, golden turmeric, and honey syrup.

The two new items will be joining Peet’s Golden Caffe Latte.

Turmeric, a spice made from a plant in the ginger family, is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. The ingredient is also known to boost the capacity of antioxidants in your body.

Boosting your body’s antioxidants, while staying awake on the drive to work, sounds like a fantastic start to the year.

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Peet’s Coffee Introduces Turmeric Lattes In New ‘Golden Beverage’ Line

Health enthusiasts will have quite a few things to keep an eye out for in the new year, especially those who really need that daily dose of caffeine to wake them up.

Peet’s Coffee announced three new flavors they say is as good as gold to kick off the new year: the Golden Caffe Latte, the Golden Chai Latte, and the Golden Cappuccino.

The special ingredient found in this new line of hot beverages is turmeric, a spice known for its numerous health benefits. This includes lowering the risk of heart disease, anti-inflammatory properties, and lowering the antioxidant capacity in the human body.

To compliment the turmeric, the beverages are also infused with honey and ginger.

Sounds like a pretty healthy and delicious start to the day. Wonder if other coffee chains will respond with their own versions of turmeric drinks? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Until then, Peet’s patrons can find the three new Golden beverages at participating locations now through the end of April.

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Why Eating Turmeric Should Be A Part Of Your Diet

You’d probably be able to place turmeric if we told you it was the stuff in curry powder that makes it yellow, but turmeric in its raw form is a root that looks fairly similar to ginger. The root has a ton of health benefits and deserves to be incorporated in your life way more than solely in the form of a miscellaneous golden powder. Here are just some of the reasons you should be eating more turmeric.

Turmeric is so good for reducing inflammation that it can be just as effective as actual anti-inflammatory medicine.

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You read that right. The root is very high in a chemical called “curcumin,” which is a natural anti-inflammatory. While certain low and short-term levels of inflammation are natural for the body, long-term inflammation is really bad for your body tissue. Studies have shown that turmeric can sometimes be just as effective as your run-of-the-mill anti-inflammatory, so it’s time to throw away the Ibuprofen and stock up on turmeric. Try this tea on for size. .

turmeric is loaded with antioxidants


If you’ve ever fallen victim to the many trendy beverages on the shelves marketed as having tons of antioxidants (we’re looking at you, Bai), then you know antioxidants protect the body from free radicals. These little buggers can be pretty harmful to the body. Luckily, turmeric is a pretty potent antioxidant. Try incorporating it into your next snack. We promise it’s not that hard. Just take a look at this turmeric popcorn.

Turmeric is known to improve brain function


If you’re feeling a little sluggish mentally and all those Lumosity games aren’t working for you, turn to turmeric. Curcumin, which we mentioned earlier, has been found to increase levels of this thing in your brain called BDNF, which stands for Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. Basically, BDNF is a type of growth hormone that lives in the brain and contributes to healthy brain function. Some people even think this aspect of turmeric can improve your memory, or even combat several genetic or age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. Adding turmeric to your diet is much easier than you think. Just throw some turmeric in the pot the next time you make rice. Your brain will thank you.

Turmeric is a natural way to keep your brain happy


Certain studies have shown that turmeric can even improve your mood, and protect against depression. This has to do with that BDNF stuff we mentioned earlier. Depression is oftentimes linked to a shortage of BDNF, which as you know affects brain health. Since turmeric boosts BDNF, it can contribute to a healthy, happy brain.

Some people think turmeric can even help prevent cancer


Obviously, cancer is it’s own demon and there isn’t 100% proof that turmeric can cure it at all, but integrating turmeric into your diet definitely can’t hurt. There are a few reasons scientists think this way. First of all, the antioxidant boost found in turmeric protects the cells in your body from free radicals. These free radicals can be pretty harmful to the point where they have the ability to attack your DNA. So by boosting the antioxidants and nipping those free radicals in the bud, ideally there will be less room for that DNA to be mutated into cancer cells. Next time you’re fixing up a midnight milkshake, throw in some turmeric. We promise your milkshake will still taste like a milkshake.

Turmeric can help you undo the damage you did to your liver last weekend


Don’t tell PETA, but we have rats to thank for this discovery. There is a study that had one set of rats consuming turmeric, and the other was exposed to the control drug. The rats that were fed turmeric had increased levels of two essential liver detox enzymes. Honestly we’re not entirely sure how to pronounce these so we’ll leave it to the scientists, but we do know this is good. If you had a particularly exciting weekend, whip up a batch of this turmeric drank. You’ll be good as new by Monday.

Turmeric can lower your risk of heart disease


Alright, we’re about to get scientific with you again. So that curcumin stuff is really good, can’t you tell? In this case, we’re talking about it because curcumin is known to positively affect the endothelium, which is a fancy term for the lining of your blood vessels. Heart disease is highly driven by a dysfunctional endothelium, therefore, by making it better suited to do it’s thang like regulate your blood pressure and help with clotting, your risk of heart disease can be significantly decreased. If you have a sweet tooth, you really need to whip up this turmeric-filled dessert. Just look at it.

Turmeric can tame heartburn and an upset stomach


Similar to it’s cousin ginger, turmeric works wonders against heartburn. It’s also pretty good at relieving any distress you might be feeling in your tum tum. Next time you eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, boil some hot water and throw in some chopped turmeric. The hot water will release the flavors of turmeric and you’ll have yourself a nice, makeshift tea. You’ll be pain-free before you know it.

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9 Reasons You Really Should Be Using More Turmeric

Turmeric has been used in tons of health foods as of late. While traditionally used in curries, stews, and several marinades, an increasing usage of turmeric has been seen in teas, juices, and other health foods. This is because turmeric is known to have numerous amounts of health benefits and has been used as medicine for thousands of years. Here’s a compilation of some of the greatest health benefits that turmeric is known to provide, and how to use it in food to boost your health:

 

Curcumin is Responsible For Turmeric’s Key Health Benefits

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While most news about the health benefits of turmeric talk about the root itself, the key compound inside of turmeric that provides most of the health benefits is curcumin. Curcumin belong in the polyphenol category of compounds. Many polyphenols have been linked to health benefits (like those in Extra Virgin Olive Oil). Curcumin is no exception, and is where the majority of research focused on turmeric’s health benefits and antioxidant properties is focused on.

 

Turmeric Keeps Carcinogens From Producing When You Cook Meat

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A recent study applied turmeric as a marinade to beef satay to see if it would reduce cancer-causing compounds – carcinogens – from producing when it was grilled. Grilling foods produces carcinogens known as heterocyclic amines, and this study found that turmeric reduced the production of those compounds by the grilled meat. Make sure to rub some on your meat next time you grill!

 

Turmeric Helps You Retain Other Antioxidants Better 

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Several other vegetables are great sources of antioxidants, such as pumpkins and carrots, which both contain high amounts of beta-carotene. This antioxidant has numerous health benefits and is responsible for the orange color seen in both vegetables. A study showed that turmeric actually helps make this beta-carotene more available, meaning that mixing it with these common fall vegetables gives you increased health benefits.

 

It’s a Great Source of Vitamins and Minerals 

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Apart from curcumin, turmeric is packed with a ton of other health-providing compounds. Two teaspoons of turmeric alone provides 17% of the manganese and 10% of the iron you need daily – enough to get an “excellent” source rating from the World’s Healthiest Foods. That’s without including all of the other micronutrients turmeric is a good source of, as seen in the chart above.

 

Turmeric is Best Known For It’s Anti-Inflammatory Properties 

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Traditional Chinese medicine (along with several other cultures) has been using turmeric for generations as a way to treat several anti-inflammatory conditions. While these typically have been arthritis, colitis, and hepatitis (liver inflammation), turmeric also has the potential to treat many other anti-inflammatory conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and many more!

 

It Can Also Treat Skin Disease Very Well 

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Several early studies have looked at the effects of turmeric as a topical skin treatment. They have linked it to helping cure acne, alopecia (an autoimmune disease leading to hair loss), skin aging, and several other skin conditions. There’s still plenty of room for research in this field, but the early signs are promising.

 

Turmeric Fights Multiple Types of Cancer

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Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties also help out in treating cancer. It’s been researched and found to not only help destroy cancerous cells, but also inhibit the growth of already present tumors. This is extremely promising for turmeric to be a great supplement or natural medicine to help fight cancer.

 

It’s Effective in Treating Alcohol Poisoning 

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Who would’ve thought? Turmeric has been used to help combat alcohol intoxication before. While it doesn’t keep you from being drunk, it has been linked to preventing any liver or brain damage that alcohol poisoning could potentially cause. Having some turmeric tea or turmeric-marinated foods on-hand during a long night out may be helpful.

 

Pepper Boosts Turmeric’s Health Benefits

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While turmeric and the curcumin inside of it have enormous health potential, we don’t absorb them into our blood stream very well. As a fat-soluble compound, using oils in turmeric marinades can help with this absorption. There may be another answer to this in the form of pepper. Black pepper contains a compound inside of it called piperine – something we normally associate with the flavor of pepper. However, it’s also been shown to boost the absorption of turmeric into our bloodstream by a whopping 2000 percent! That would definitely help boost the health benefits we gain from turmeric.

 

Turmeric is a great health-promoting food and should be an essential in your spice cabinet as well as your health food pantry. While it’s not approved by the FDA yet for use in medicine, there’s no denying how powerful this root is in providing great health benefits. From pepper-infused curries to turmeric-spiced pumpkins, make sure to incorporate some into your meals!

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Turmeric Lattes Are Replacing PSLs, But Without All The Extra Calories

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Pumpkin Spice Latte season is back in full swing.

It’s only a matter of time before our Instagram feeds are overtaken with an endless array of orange-tinted coffee concoctions.

While there’s no denying these things basically taste like fall in a cup, it turns out your beloved PSL might not be all that great for your waistline.

Yep, I hate to break it to you, but downing a seemingly innocent Grande PSL from Starbucks will set you back by about 380 calories per cup.

If that’s not enough to send shivers down your spine, there’s also a whopping 50 grams of sugar floating around in your beloved fall beverage. Yikes.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to swear off lattes just yet. There’s a new spiced latte on the rise that won’t turn your tummy into the shape of a pumpkin.

Behold, turmeric lattes.

That’s right, turmeric lattes — also known as “Golden Milk” — are making quite a name for themselves in the coffee shop scene, thanks to their wide range of health benefits.

In fact, according to data from Pinterest, turmeric lattes are actually becoming more popular than the almighty Pumpkin Spice Latte these days.

If you’re wondering what’s in these striking sips, it’s quite simple. They’re made with a mixture of cold-pressed turmeric juice or turmeric powder and some sort of vegan milk like almond, cashew or coconut.

Check out the pictures below for a closer look at this hot latte trend:

Move over, Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

There’s a new spiced drink taking cafes by storm.

People are ditching the artificial, sugar-packed PSLs…

…for a tasty, yellow coffee alternative.

Feast your eyes on the glorious turmeric latte.

Unlike their pumpkin predecessors, these golden sips are pretty good for your health.

In fact, these eye-catching elixirs have anti-inflamatory properties that are known to give you glowing skin…

…and can even improve your memory and overall brain function.

Plus, turmeric may even help ease the symptoms of depressionwithout all of the negative side effects of medications.

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And these lattes are even loaded with antioxidants that can possibly help fight against cancer.

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These drinks are very versatile, as well. So whether you like your TLs piping hot…

Iced…

Golden Milk for that gentle post-summer detox, anyone? #tumericlatte #superfood 📸 @literallyallthefood

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Topped off with an extra dash of cinnamon…

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Or spiced up with some tasty chai tea…

…you’ll be sure to find a turmeric latte that fits your personal taste.

Written by Kaylin Pound | Elite Daily, Cover Photo: Instagram