Junk Journalism: Turmeric and Co.

junk journalistPerhaps I should change that title to junk FOOD journalism.  You know the kind.  The media gets wind of the latest health foodie trend, journalists get on the bandwagon and before you know it misinformation abounds…junk journalism at it again.

Superficial research (if at all) is done and the result often falls into the ‘a little bit of knowledge is dangerous’ category.

Writers who just scratch the surface of the tip of the iceberg are often just not aware of the rest, hidden under a sea of research or ages old experience based tradition.  That’s partially forgivable if not a little understandable.  It would be similar to me writing about a fascinating subject that I am interested in – quantum physics.  Only, I wouldn’t even attempt it.  I know my limits.

This morning I read yet another misleading half truth about turmeric ‘tea’ on Facebook, extolling it’s benefits for pain and inflammation.  Why, what a wonder spice, turmeric is!  All you have to do is stir in a heaping teaspoon of turmeric powder into hot water or a smoothie and wonder of wonders…the pain is gone.

Only it isn’t.  When taken that way.

The link to that article lead to a website that had looong lost credibility in my mind. I shared that article on my EpiD Facebook page on 2 January, 2017 as another example of junk journalism.  This is my comment:

The advantage of drinking hot turmeric milk is that turmeric needs a fat/oil source to become bioavailable.

Unless a at least 1/8 teaspoon is added per mug of turmeric ‘tea’ (which can be any base, such as almond or oat ‘milk’ etc) the majority of the benefits are wasted. And…unlike what the article suggests, a ‘heaping teaspoon’ of turmeric is wildly excessive as the body cannot assimilate that much at one time. Even when taken with the bit of oil. Like taking too much vit. C at once, Turmeric and its benefits will be simply flushed away. Literally.

Turmeric should be taken in smaller doses with frequency (ie.. 2-3 times daily and with food) to be effective against pain and inflammation. ‘A little at a time and often’ is the mantra. AND with oil and best with a little FRESHLY ground pepper.

This article is another example of junk journalism. Just superficial info without digging deeper for the purpose of getting out another article. In this way, erroneous information keeps getting circulated,and is confusing to the public.

My 54 page ebook covers all you need to know to understand the how and why of turmeric. http://ultimateturmericguide.com

Yup…I put in a sincere plug for my ebook.  I put in many months of wading through hundreds of research to write it.

So, I imagine the writer of that article’s thoughts went something like this:

“Oh wow.  Turmeric is good for pain and inflammation.  Cool.  Drink it like a tea, then.”

Article done, sold and uploaded.

The media just isn’t the best source of info about food and its benefits.  When the truth is entirely subjective, it’s rather useless or dangerous at the worst.

Other sites that are into smoothies of all kinds, some of them raw-foodists, vegan or low calorie/no fat variety have also their turmeric versions.  Some suggesting raw turmeric rhizomes (wrong), or stirring in the powder and whizzing it up into a frothy smoothie without any fat source and certainly not the black pepper (also wrong).

Just as daft are some ‘authority’ sites with their juicing mania….carrot juice for example with not a drop of oil (Vit. A in carrots is a fat soluble vitamin.  Fat or oil MUST be present in the stomach from a meal or added to the juice for it to be bio-available.)


Junk journalism – as bad for you as junk food.

(Want to drink it and get it’s benefits?  Try the Golden Milk recipe. )

More related articles:

Dosage and Method: Turmeric    Spice: Turmeric – Beyond Curry

Turmeric – Take It With Food and Why

Turmeric – Does Your Supply Pass the Test       

Is Raw Turmeric Better Than Powdered?

Turmeric Golden Milk – A Life Changing Nourishing Drink

Inflammation & Turmeric: Just Symptomatic Relief?

Turmeric, Curcumin – Aren’t they the same?



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