A lot of people know that turmeric possesses amazing health and medicinal properties, which is widely used as a medicine all over the world. Its medicinal utilization in treating inflammation dates back thousands of years ago. Turmeric’s abilities are recognized by modern medicine as well.
According to a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2009, the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, when compared to ibuprofen, can work just as well as the synthetic drug.
Before you run to the store and buy this amazing spice, we must warn you that there is fake turmeric. The Food Fraud Database warns that turmeric powder is often adulterated with Sudan dye and a yellow dye called “metanil yellow,” which isn’t approved for human consumption and may cause damage to the nervous system. Turmeric powder has also been found to contain rice powder, starches, and even lead.
What is Metanil yellow?
The color is widely used in Indian sweets like jalebis and ladoos, but is very dangerous. Namely, it can cause degenerative changes in the lining of the stomach, kidneys and liver. It also adversely affects the ovaries and testes, proving to be dangerous to reproductive organs. Eating food that contains Metanil yellow can lead to food poisoning.
How to know whether the turmeric you purchase is legit?
Take a bowl and fill it with 20ml of lukewarm water. Then, dissolve half a spoon full of besan or turmeric powder, and add a few drops of hydrochloric acid or any commonly available acid at home. If the water turns pink, violet or purple, then there is a presence of Metanil yellow.