Where’s the beef? A Spicy Beef Burger
I think I found the beef people!!! It’s in my Spicy Beef Burger.
The flavour in this beef burger really surprised me. I was simply adding a bit of this and that, and the way it turned out was DEVINE! I am in burger heaven! I regularly eat burger patties, in fact, I tend to cook up a batch on a Sunday, and then eat them throughout the week for a quick breakfast on the go. You can just wrap a lettuce leaf around a patty, or eat it as is.
The secret to these little puppies (just between you and I)… is the Turmeric!
Tumor Rick who?!
Tur-mer-ic. Oh, you two haven’t met. Let me introduce you…
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), is part of the Zingiberaceae family (1). Say it…Zing-ib-er-a-ce-ae. Love it. I think I just found my first child’s name!
With origins dating back to India, it is now cultivated and used throughout the world (2). Curcumin is the principal active ingredient in turmeric, a polyphenol that comprises approximately 2-8% of turmeric (3).
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
The quick rundown…
Turmeric is an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory behaviour. Due to its anti-inflammatory actions, it has been found to be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of various proinﬂammatory chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and certain inflammatory eye conditions (i.e. macular degeneration, conjunctivitis).
If you want more, keep reading…
Curcumin demonstrates free radical-scavenging activity, meaning they help to stop the bad guys (free radicals) who normally keep stealing from healthy cells, resulting in cell damage (4).
Curcumin indirectly blocks the activation of (big names, but don’t be put off) nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB),a key regulator of immune response. Abnormal regulation of NF-kb can lead to autoimmune diseases, inflammation and cancer. (3) As a result, this down regulates the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) pathway, which is known to activate inflammation.
So…in other words, inflammation is slowed due to blocking the dudes that set off inflammation. Geez..why don’t they just say that in the first place man! (4)
In one study on mice with edema (swelling) and inflammation, curcumin was administered at 50-200mg/kg resulting in a 50% reduction (5).
A sesquiterpenoid (another of my future children’s names), suppresses COX-2, which stops cancer cells from proliferating, or multiplying (1).
As the NF-kB (remember him from above?) is inhibited and the inflammatory pathways are suppressed, any related inflammatory conditions and diseases, including cancer (across all three stages, initiation, promotion) and progression (including mutagenesis, cell cycle regulation and metastasis) are also suppressed (1, 4, 5). Wahoo!
As curcumin has an antioxidant behaviour, meaning it has the ability to quell free radicals (the bad guys who are running rampant in your body stealing electrons from healthy cells), this inhibits lipid peroxidation (where fat cells are damaged by the naughty free radicals that are stealing from them), contributing to its anticancer affect. (7) Double wahoo!
Curcumin inhibits the adhesion of Candida species to cells, meaning that it has anti-fungal properties (8). Candida is thought to promote yeast infections and overgrowth, resulting in impaired immune systems, fatigue, poor memory and weight gain. It’s thought that with antibiotic use, candida can increase.
HOW TO USE TURMERIC?
You can buy it as a root, similar to ginger and slice and add to your juice or smoothie as you go. Or, you can buy it in powder form from most health food stores, which is a little more convenient for adding to food. I buy organic turmeric as a powder and it lasts a long time!
Well, if that doesn’t make you try Turmeric, nothing will. Enjoy your burgers!!
- 500g Beef Mince, free range, grass-fed
- 1 Small onion, finely diced
- 1 tsp Paprika, powder
- 1/2 tsp Chilli, powder *Add more if you like it HOT.
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 Tb Coconut Oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Optional - 1/4 C chopped parsley to give it some colour.
- 1. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together with your hands, squeezing the meat into the flavours
- 2. Roll the meat mixture into small balls and set aside
- 3. In a fry pan, heat the oil and add the patty's of meat, slightly flatten the patty with the back of your spatula
- 4. Turn the meat two or three times so the heat and flavour distributes evenly
- 5. The patty's are done once they have browned on top and some of the inner juices starts to seep out of the meat
- 6. Let the meat rest for a minute and serve with a nice salad! Delicious!!
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