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CINNAMON – AROMA, TASTE AND HEALTH BENEFITS


The warm pleasant aroma of cinnamon is associated with fragrant pastries, a baked apple or hot coffee. This seemingly ordinary spice, which is the bark of a tree, can have an amazing effect on health.

Scientific observations are revealing more and more beneficial effects associated with the consumption of cinnamon.

HAS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES

Herbs and spices contain a wide range of antioxidants, powerful compounds that can reduce the risk of developing heart and vascular diseases. The benefits of cinnamon are thought to be related to one of its antioxidant compounds, cinnamic aldehyde. It gives it a rich aroma and taste, and also contributes to better control of inflammation.

Cinnamon is also an ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, a cardiovascular-healthy eating pattern that encourages cooking with herbs, spices, and spices.

HELPS REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

The results of one study show that people with type 2 diabetes on insulin who took cinnamon supplements daily saw a significant (and long-lasting) reduction in blood sugar after just 40 days of the experiment.

However, cinnamon should not be seen as a substitute for more traditional treatments.

NORMALS CHOLESTEROL LEVEL

A meta-analysis of 10 studies found that daily consumption of cinnamon led to a "statistically significant" reduction in total cholesterol as well as LDL, or bad cholesterol. However, the dosage and duration of cinnamon use to treat high cholesterol have not yet been determined.

WHICH HAPPENS

Ground cinnamon is most often used for baking, cinnamon sticks for drinks, and cinnamon oil is popular as a candy flavoring.

There are two common types of cinnamon:

Cassia cinnamon. Native to southern China, this is the more common (and inexpensive) type of cinnamon available in grocery stores.

Ceylon cinnamon. Usually it needs to be bought in a specialized spice store. It has a rich aroma. Ceylon cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka and southern India.

CAN IT HARM

Cassia cinnamon contains the aromatic compound coumarins, which can be toxic when consumed in large quantities. It can cause liver damage. Baking with cinnamon hardly contains that much cinnamon. But dietary supplements, for example, pills with a high content of cinnamon, can be potentially dangerous. Control over the content of cinnamon in a dietary supplement is not always perfect, so its amount may not correspond to what is indicated on the labels. Therefore, it is important to choose high-quality dietary supplements produced according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards.

IN COOKING

Cinnamon is added to sweet and savory dishes for a spicy taste. Most often, it is used in the preparation of pastries, dishes made of apples, pumpkin, and zucchini. This spice has also long been added to savory dishes such as baked chicken with cinnamon and thyme, spicy lamb and vegetable pie. And cinnamon to smoothies, yogurt or oatmeal will give them a sweet taste and make them filling and flavorful, while potentially providing health benefits. It's a good addition to your diet that can be a healthy way to cut down on added sugar.

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