|A sample pack of turmeric latte mix.|
Australia based Andre Lim and Paul Ong in Singapore co-founded 1000Tsuru to explore taking the vegan, naturopath-approved mix beyond Australia. "We're the master distributor for Singapore and Malaysia but looking to taking this for Asia soon," said Lim.
According to the website, turmeric has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetes properties, among others. A search on Pubmed turns up a long list of research on turmeric, which has shown promise in everything from kidney and liver problems to psoriasis - this 2012 report is typical. "The attraction is really in the health benefits," Lim said. "This is more potent than off-the-shelf turmeric."
Although the product is named 'turmeric latte mix', there is no milk in it. The blend of turmeric (53%), cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, chilli, vanilla and black pepper are added to beverages such as milk, almond milk or coconut milk to create turmeric lattes, also called golden milk in India."The expensive ingredient is the vanilla, and it is a unique blend," Lim added.
Lim recommends adding the powdered mix to coconut milk or to normal milk and a little honey for a refreshing result.