Cinnamon

I enjoy lots of spices on my food. I find that so many people neglect to add spice. The most that some people add is salt and pepper. But what about all of the other yummy flavorings that you can add to enhance the flavor of your food? They not only make your food taste better, but they can also keep you healthy and happy. Many spices have healing properties as you will discover when you start to incorporate them into your cooking.

Cinnamon is a tree bark that is usually found dried and rolled up in a “stick” or “quill” form that can be used as is or ground up into fine powder. “True cinnamon” is the variety that comes from Celyon, and it is sweeter and more delicate than what we typically find in the U.S. – Chinese cinnamon.

Why cinnamon is good for you:

  • Cinnamon is known as an anti-inflammatory and can prevent unwanted blood clotting.
  • Its essential oils are antimicrobial, meaning that it can be used to stop the growth of bacteria and fungi, including Candida.
  • Using cinnamon on a high-carbohydrate food can lower the impact that it has on your blood sugar.
  • Cinnamon is great for people with type 2 diabetes who wish to maintain more normal blood sugar levels.
  • Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, and is a good source of dietary fiber, calcium and iron.

Try cinnamon in your morning smoothie, on toast, in Mexican beans, or Middle Eastern-styled dishes. It can be a nice addition to teas, or as a tea on its own, or in your morning hot cereal. Experiment with cinnamon in your dishes and see how it enhances the flavors.

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3 responses to “Cinnamon

  1. Hi ,
    It is nice to hear that you have found cinnamon
    to have many benifits. This is a good site with lots of helpful info.
    Shan

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  2. Amen about spices being such a wonderful addition to food. You are so right about people only adding salt and pepper to their food and sometimes they will add some garlic powder and think that they are being so adventurous! We have about 100 bottles of spices in our “spices wall” in our kitchen. I don’t know how people can live without using different types of spices in their food. 🙂 hurray for spices!

  3. I have read some confusing issues with cinnamon lately, some say it is helpful for diabetics, some say it does nothing and some appear to think there is more than one kind of cinnamon … is there a difference between the regular cinnamon spice used in kitchens and the type of cinnamon sold by vitamin companies for helping to control blood sugar? (like this one http://www.vitabase.com/supplements/diabetes/cinnamon.aspx)

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