Vevolution wouldn't be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors. In this guest blog one of our headline sponsors Tideford Organics talk about the amazing healing benefits of Turmeric and their new range of summer soups.
GREEN AND GOLD: A JOURNEY INTO THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF TURMERIC + PEAS
At Tideford Organics we’ve always been interested in producing great tasting food that’s also good for you. The incredible health benefits of a plant-based diet were one of the reasons we became the UK’s first dedicated organic vegan brand in September 2016, and haven’t looked back since! In our search for delicious recipes we often come across vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices that also just so happen to be jam-packed full of nutrients.
In summer we still like to bring a little Tideford magic to the table, and this year launched two new limited edition summer soups, a traditional Gazpacho Andaluz and a completely new recipe for us: Summer Pea, Coconut + Turmeric Soup.
Peas are an incredible resource in a vegan diet – low in calories (100g raw contains 81 calories), and like legumes a great source of both protein (around 5g per 100g) and fibre to support your digestive system. If you’re in need of an energy pick-me-up come lunch or dinner time, peas are a great choice, providing provide plenty of B Vitamins and Iron plus Vitamin C for a healthy immune system. Plus peas provide Calcium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc and Vitamin K – all important nutrients for your bones. These little green beauties are also a great choice for your heart, being rich in the phytosterol ß-sitosterol, known for its ability to help lower cholesterol levels.
Our Asian-inspired take on a pea soup was always intended to revitalise and refresh, but as we discovered, the bright golden-yellow of the turmeric we included could also be bringing some incredible properties to the party. Turmeric has been used in India and many other countries for thousands of years. Its distinctive yellow colour lends itself to curries, as well as to your hands if you’re preparing it fresh, but you’ll also have seen it popping up in cafes in turmeric lattes or tea, on deli menus and in increasing numbers of supplements. But why is this little root getting so much air time?
Recent research focuses on health benefits which appear be due to the various compounds within turmeric known as curcuminoids. The most important of these compounds is curcumin, which is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Consuming more turmeric and particularly curcumin may therefore be helpful in reducing the risk of certain conditions – it’s been shown to be beneficial for the heart and brain, lowering inflammation and reducing joint pain.
As curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream on its own, it’s best consumed with a little black pepper and some healthy fats which can enhance its absorption. Try it in a vegan Turmeric Latte, or Tideford’s Summer Pea, Coconut + Turmeric Soup.