Cinnamon, the beautiful aromatic spice. Makes your apple pie taste even more delish! Did you know that Cinnamon holds some properties that are actually good for you?
However, not all cinnamon is created equal.
There are a couple of main types of cinnamon – cassia cinnamon and ceylon “true” cinnamon.
- Cassia cinnamon is the cheaper cinnamon which is widely used in the western world and many parts of Asia. It is native to Burma, but also cultivated in China and Indonesia. This type of cinnamon also has higher levels in Coumarin, which is a substance that can cause liver damage or complete failure.
- Ceylon “true” cinnamon is for one thing more expensive. Most of this type of cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka and has low levels of coumarin.
- Cassia has a more stronger, pungent flavour as opposed to Ceylon, which is sweeter and more delicate in flavour.
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What health benefits does Cinnamon offer?
Both types of cinnamon are said to offer health benefits, such as:
- Healthy blood glucose levels, anti-diabetic effect – there is a compound in cinnamon that mimics insulin.
- Fighting bacterial and fungal infections – cinnamaldehyde is one of the main active compounds which may help fight infections.
- Curb food cravings – eating cinnamon may affect a chemical in the brain which effects glucose and cholesterol. Which may result in a reduced appetite. For the win!
- Replacement for sugar – so long as you’re using ceylon cinnamon, this will give your dishes a naturally sweet taste without adding any or more sugar. Like we need anymore sugar in our lifestyle.
- Boost memory – this one is a goodie for my oily friends. The scent of cinnamon is said to improve performance of several types of memory tasks. So if you have cinnamon oil, take a whiff when you need to perform a task which uses your memory brain function.
How you can add Cinnamon into your everyday life?
- Add it to your coffee… (yes, that’s right!)
- Add to your smoothies
- Add to your morning oats
- Sprinkle on top of your bananas and apples
- And don’t forget you can add it to savoury foods and dishes too… like this delicious Sage & Cinnamon Chicken, Cinnamon & Paprika Sweet Potato Wedges, or Skinnymixer’s Butter Chicken.