Okay y’all! Recently I’ve been OBSESSED with anything and everything curry! I especially love Thai curry (with coconut milk) but then I had Indian yellow curry the other day and that is so delicious too! My boyfriend and I have probably had Thai curry once every other week or so the past month but OHMYGOSH I binged this weekend! Like, I literally ate a curry dish Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. I couldn’t even help it!
My dad is ALWAYS telling me to eat more than I do and to focus on good proteins and blah blah blah (typical parents). Naturally, I tell him when I have an amazing meal because I know it will make him happy. All he says is, “curry is good for you” so I started wondering, is curry really good for me?
I started doing research for myself personally but HAD to share because A. I want to enjoy this meal with everyone I love. B. I don’t want people to be afraid of it. and C. Jillian Michaels writes a blog post about it! If y’all know me, you know that I love anything to do with the Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels, and Bob Harper. Seriously some awesome peeps!
So if you don’t know, curry is a very distinct spice that is used a ton in Indian, Thai, and Middle Eastern cooking. Turmeric is the main ingredient in the spice, which gives it that BOMB flavor and yellow-orange color.
3 Health Benefits of Curry!
- Inflammation: This is a huge deal if you work out a ton or if you or someone you know is suffering from arthritis. When you lift heavy weights, muscles become inflamed because of the stress and pressure that creates. This is ultimately what arthritis is also. Joints become so inflamed that it’s harder to move them at all. Cool to know that turmeric was actually published in the “Alternative Medicine Review” in 2009.
- Memory: I’ve always noticed and been told that Indian and Thai people live waaaay longer than pretty much any other nationality. Although I have observed that some of the poorest people in the world are the happiest, the health conditions in these countries are really not good at all. BUT, they live through it like it’s nothin. Not that I’d even WANT to live to be 100 but it’s a proven fact that the Indian population has a four times lower rate of Alzheimer’s than the US.
- The Big Killers: So, as we probably all know, cancers such as, colon, prostate, and breast as well as heart disease are the biggest killers in our society. Well, turmeric has anticancer properties that potentially can help kill or slow the growth of these cancers! It also has the ability to prevent plaque buildup in our arteries, which reduces cholesterol, therefore limiting heart disease and stroke. Pretty crazy!
Uhh…if that’s not reason enough for you to put more of this stuff in your diet then IDK what to tell ya!
PLUS, if coconut milk is added to curry (how I personally like it) it becomes even better! Coconut milk is one of the best fats your body can take in. The saturated fat in coconut milk burns into energy instead of storing it as gross fat. This is something to consider when trying to lose weight. See, not every fat is bad. The word ‘fat’ just has a negative connotation that you have to learn how to distinguish.
Of course, curry, like anything else, needs to be eaten in moderation but the benefits of this stuff DEFINITELY outweigh the bad. Long story short, don’t feel bad eating good food!