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Turmeric is healthy and spicy says author

Turmeric is a bright orange yellow colour

Turmeric may be one spice people want to keep in their cupboards if they are keen to attempt some Indian recipes.

Writing for the New Age, Carly Ritz explained how the flavouring could be a beneficial addition to a diet, as well as making food taste delicious.

The spice is native to tropical South Asia and is a member of the ginger family, she explained.

Like many flavourings, it is rich in antioxidants, the author continued, meaning it can help in the fight against problems such as heart disease and cancer.

"I also read that the incidence of Alzheimer's disease in India is very low, which some say can be attributed to turmeric," Ms Ritz continued.

She noted that turmeric is a "natural liver detoxifier" and its stems are boiled for several hours before being dried in hot ovens and ground down into the powder used in many Asian dishes.

Cayenne pepper and fennel seeds are two other flavourings people may wish to try and Kelly Rossiter, in a Treehugger article, recently recommended mixing them with stir-fried mushrooms.

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