It's no surprise that turmeric, the ‘golden spice’, is in the spotlight again – this time, with evidence-based research. The reason? Increased consumer demand for brightly coloured turmeric powder has led to its adulteration with lead.
The addition of lead chromate (PbCRO4) enhances the brightness of turmeric. Lead is a public health threat, as even low levels of exposure can lower IQ and disrupt normal cognitive development, especially in children... Read more here.