Ask Jean: How Healthy Is Turmeric?

Sipping a cool, bracing Selamat Pagi tonic along with your perfectly-prepared sambal-scrambled eggs and toasted-coconut kale salad is easy enough, but when you’re the one preparing said tonic on a regular basis, your fingers—unless you’re more fastidious than I—end up stained a neon yellowish-orange from chopping and peeling turmeric (for one who already lags in the manicure-maintenance department, this is a particularly grim look). The alternative, powdered turmeric, is irksomely grainy unless heated and sautéed into submission—say, in a curry.