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The verdict on that oh-so-trendy turmeric latte everyone is Instagramming

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If this is the first time you've ever heard about the turmeric-infused "golden latte", you are officially not hip. (Sorry 'bout it.)

Made from either juiced turmeric root, chopped fresh turmeric or turmeric powder, the beverage is the trendy health concoction right now, recently anointed "2016's drink of choice" by the Guardian.

Despite its "latte" name, it's not made with caffeine or dairy — the only milk it contains is nut milk, such as almond. (You might see it referred to as "golden mylk" — the Y is an indicator of non-dairy and/or that you're in an insufferable hipster cafe.)

Let's be real: most trendy concoctions either taste like lawn clippings, a bag of dirt or a fart in the mouth. So the good news is that the golden latte is actually palatable.

Drinking one will definitely make you look cool. But will liquid turmeric make you any healthier?

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As we covered on Coach last week, there's no doubt turmeric has legit health benefits.

"Turmeric offers an abundance of anti-inflammatory benefits thanks to the active compound curcumin that is present," Kara Landau, aka the Travelling Dietitian, tells Coach.

And those benefits do carry over into the golden latte.

"The dose provided in a golden latte would not be expected to be anywhere near a therapeutic dose, however there would definitely be benefits to incorporating a turmeric source in your diet," Landau says.

"As long as the drink isn't heated for a prolonged duration of time there should be no major phytonutrient loss, and the addition of black pepper — if following traditional recipes — would enhance the bioavailability of the curcumin due to the active compound piperine that is present."

So rest assured that when you smugly post your golden latte photo to Instagram, you are getting some health benefits too.

But you might still be wondering: what exactly does it taste like?

Team Coach sampled a turmeric-ginger concoction at Sydney's Paramount Coffee Project. It's creamy, but also surprisingly thin and a little medicinal-tasting. If you're addicted to actual lattes, the golden latte is no substitute.

But on the plus side: it doesn't taste like lawn clippings, bags of dirt or farts in the mouth, so...

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