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Archive for October 28th, 2010

Cinnamon

Posted by terrepruitt on October 28, 2010

Today I wanted a little different flavor in my coffee so I put some cinnamon in it.  As I was doing sprinkling some into my coffee I remembered cinnamon is thought to be a spice that has health benefits.

There is information stating that studies have shown cinnamon to do all kinds of good things.  One thing is helping regulate blood sugar levels.  It helps slow digestion so it can help with spikes in the blood sugar.  It is considered an anti-inflammatory food, which is good to add to any diet because so many other foods are inflammatory foods.  Cinnamon also has been shown to help with yeast overgrowth.  It also helps stop the growth of bacteria on food–like a preservative.

As little as 1/2 teaspoon a day was shown in some studies, to lower LDL cholesterol.

I also read somewhere that is helps keep blood from clotting.

I have not seen this qualified as a super food, but I am thinking it should be.  Other studies have shown that just smelling it can help improve brain function.

Another great thing about it is that it can be added to sweet foods or savory foods.

Recently I was at a party and someone had grilled pineapple and sprinkled cinnamon on it after.  It was really good.  It gave it just enough of a different flavor.  It was nice.

I am not so good about using it in savory dishes.  Do you have any ideas or recipes in which cinnamon can be added to help get some of these benefits?

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