Thursday, May 21, 2009


"Eating high-fat curries may not be as bad for us as we thought - at least, not if we lace them with turmeric. Scientists at Boston's Tufts University found that mice fed a high-fat diet that contained curcumin, a component of turmeric, put on less weight." (Thanks Muna)

1 comment:

Leila Abu-Saba said...

There are promising studies at MD Andersen, top cancer research hospital in Texas, that curcumin and turmeric have strong cancer-fighting properties.

One of my Lebanese cousins read the article I published in Al Akhbar and had to do an extensive google search to figure out what turmeric is. He didn't know it either in Arabic or in English. It's maybe not commonly used in Lebanese cuisine.

Look, the research is showing that it's not high-fat that's bad for you. It's high-carbohydrate that's bad for you. White carbs that spike the blood sugar level: white rice, white flour, sugar. whole-grains are healthier.

There's a book that surveys all the research on carbs and fats called "GOod Calories, Bad Calories." It is full of cites of the literature. The conclusion of the journalist is that what really causes ill health is high-carbohydrate eating; fats and proteins with vegetables and some fruit are what you need to eat. Whole grains whenever possible.