If you’ve been on Instagram recently, you’ve probably seen turmeric lattes, turmeric meat dishes, or even turmeric ice cream (also known as golden milk ice cream). If you follow any food or health and wellness influencers, you’ve definitely seen even more turmeric. While pop culture’s obsession with turmeric might seem like another food fad, the spice has been long used in Asia and Central American for its very real health benefits. In fact, research has shown that turmeric is good for humans and can even improve your dog’s health. But the question we get asked a lot is: can babies eat turmeric?
WHAT IS TURMERIC?
Turmeric is a plant-based spice in the ginger family grown in India, Asia, and Central America. If you’ve ever eaten curry or ordered a golden latte, you have tried turmeric. The spice has a powdery texture and is bright yellow-orange in color. Turmeric gets its color from curcumin, one of its key ingredients.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC?
While turmeric may have recently become popular on your newsfeed, it has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine. That’s because it contains curcumin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory powers (hello happy body). Turmeric and curcumin have been linked to the following health benefits:
Supporting inflammation response
Lowering blood sugar
Turmeric has been linked to reducing blood sugar. High blood sugar can make you tired all the time, hurt your eye health, and have dangerous effects on your kidneys. Healthy blood sugar levels support heart health.
Supporting healthy joints
Finally, turmeric reduces muscle pain and stiffness, according to some studies.
CAN BABIES EAT TURMERIC?
The short answer is yes! A small amount of turmeric at a time is totally safe for your baby or toddler. In fact, it’s a great spice for palate training your little one to be an adventurous eater. Of course, check with your doctor if your child has any food sensitivity or special dietary needs.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO FEED MY BABY TURMERIC?
A general rule of thumb is mixing a small amount of turmeric with other plant-based superfoods like chickpeas or cauliflower. In fact, turmeric increases the anti-inflammatory effect of cauliflower to prevent illness and calm down your tiny baby’s developing immune system. However, don’t count on it calming down their inevitable temper tantrums.