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Is turmeric the solution to fighting superbugs?
In this week’s Sunday Times I read a very interesting article by Andrew Gregory about how scientists have discovered the power of using curcumin (the plant compound that gives turmeric its colour) along with other natural ingredients to fight superbugs without the need for antibiotics. Using nanocapsules of curcumin they have successfully neutralised one of the world's most pernicious superbugs- helicobacter pylori. In a world where we are increasingly hearing about antibiotic resistance, a discovery like this could spell a huge change in the way we fight these bugs.

Whilst wider trials are still ahead, as many of you will know I have long been an advocate of turmeric, for me it is the undisputed superpower in the spice cupboard. Originally used as a food preservative, turmeric has had a long standing ovation in Asia for its many medicinal values.

We already know that turmeric has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and neoprotective properties. Curcumin is also understood to break up heavy metals and plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Could a microcapsule of curcumin really be the answer to many modern ailments?

There are plenty of simple ways to incorporate turmeric into your daily meals - you can add a pinch to scrambled eggs or rice dishes, pickle it or even incorporate it into a drink- turmeric latte or "golden milk" as it is sometimes known has developed something of a cult following and is now widely available. Do bear in mind when ordering your latte that turmeric needs to be combined with black pepper in order to be effective. Black pepper contains the bioactive compound piperine which aids the absorption of curcumin. Which is why I’ve developed my own turmeric latte blend available for sale via The Cooking Academy website.

So with the elevated importance of this super spice, now’s the time to be a turmeric convert. Start cooking with this jewel of the spice cupboard or swap out a coffee or two for a delicious turmeric latte- it’s easy when you know how.

Click here to buy my turmeric latte blend.

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The Rise and Rise of Sourdough
One of my great weaknesses is my love of bread, in any shape or form. A particular favourite is sourdough which is fortuitous as this delicious bread seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance. Apparently we can’t get enough of it and practically every artisanal bakery from here to John O’Groats is offering their own range of sourdough loaves to meet this increasing demand.
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Top Student Cooking Tips- Learn to survive at university
Save Money, Eat Healthily and Learn Essential #Survival Skills, find out our top tips to help you get through university, with a special code for our Introduction to Cooking Class!
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Best foods to eat this summer!
Summer is the perfect time to buy fruits and vegetables. Look for fresh seasonal ingredients that are low in fat, cooling, light and nutritious. Here are some of our top ingredients and recipes to try out this summer!
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Seasonal Ingredients: Artichokes
It takes a bit of patience to prepare an artichoke, but once cooked you will be rewarded by the subtly flavoured leaves and the mouthwatering artichoke heart. Originating from the Mediterranean region, artichokes pair brilliantly with butter, lemon and parmesan.
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