I also discovered that cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to humans. To prepare it, the bark of the tree is dried and then rolled into the very well-known cinnamon sticks (also called quills).
Cinnamon can also be dried and ground into powder which is the most common use in American households.
Some recent studies have found that cinnamon has beneficial effect on blood sugar. Even if such studies have been small and the findings need to be confirmed with larger trials evidence was found that cinnamon helped reducing fasting blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol .
But that’s not it. Some preliminary lab and animal studies have found that cinnamon may have antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Also, cinnamon has been praised for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Finally, doctors have performed studies that show that just smelling cinnamon improves our memory and performance of certain tasks (BUT don’t try this at home!).
Cinnamon rolls are delicious but let’s face they’re a carb-calorie bomb ready to explode in your hips or bellies: the fact that they contain some cinnamon doesn’t make them healthy.
My suggestion is to start using cinnamon in a smart way: sprinkle some on your oatmeal in the morning with some fresh apples (that’s my usual breakfast) or mix it with some apple sauce for a light and healthy dessert.
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