4. Turmeric drinks
Turmeric, a yellow-orange root with well-documented anti-inflammatory effects, is suddenly popping up in juices, smoothies, teas, and elixirs. There’s nothing inherently unhealthy about turmeric, says Amidor. But when it comes to beverages, the problems are — yet again — what other ingredients they contain and what claims are being made. Turmeric tastes pungent, so companies often use fruit juices or other flavor enhancers to soften it. Or, they may add a tiny amount of turmeric to a high-calorie juice or smoothie, in which case you’re not really reaping the root’s benefits.
Verdict: Look for a drink that’s not loaded with sugar (try to make more than 15 grams per serving your cut-off point) and that tells you how much turmeric is in it. If you like the flavor, great, you’ve got a healthy drink — just don’t be bamboozled by bold health claims, such as disease prevention or detox. “If you think you’re detoxing by drinking a turmeric beverage, you’re wasting your money,” says Amidor.
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