According to Pinterest’s 2016 Pinsights Flavor Report, the pumpkin spice latte is no longer the coolest kid in school. Not only is it filled with shady ingredients, it's more sugar-coated than a prom queen’s acceptance speech—and the nutrition nerds of the internet (ourselves included) are calling its bluff. If you find it hard to believe that the PSL is falling out of favor, the numbers speak for themselves. Pins of the infamous sugary beverage are down 15 percent, while a healthy yet comforting newcomer is quickly becoming the most popular beverage on the social sharing site. And yes, that newcomer is none other than the turmeric latte, a milk and spice-filled beverage that some fans refer to as golden milk. According to the report, pins for turmeric lattes are up a whopping 99 percent, with users saving twice as many turmeric latte pins than its sugary, caffeinated rival.
Although golden milk may look like a PSL on the outside, when it comes to what it can do for you on the inside, it totally smokes the seasonal beverage. Unlike the Starbucks favorite, turmeric lattes aren’t golden because of potentially cancerous additives like caramel coloring; instead, the spice’s main antioxidant, curcumin, lends the drink its rich amber color as well as all of its amazing health and weight loss benefits. One USDA study discovered that mice supplemented with turmeric experienced reduced weight gain and body fat levels even when their diet was unchanged. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, numerous other reports have connected consumption of the spice to everything from reduced inflammation to improved brainpower.
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So next time a colorful PSL ad tries to lure you into Starbucks, be kind to your wallet and waistline and cozy up on the couch with a turmeric latte instead. To make one, combine your milk of choice (we like coconut milk or organic 2%) with a teaspoon of dried turmeric. Bring the two to a low simmer and then add in other tasty seasonings like cinnamon, nutmeg, or even a chai spice blend, to taste. Sipping your way slim has never been easier— or tastier!
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