Ceylon True Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a popular spice, obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savory foods. Two species of the cinnamon tree are most common, and provide most of the spice sold worldwide. The spice from Cinnamomum cassia has a stronger taste and dark brown color. This version of the spice is popular in the United States. "True" cinnamon is a common term for the Cinnamomum zeylanicum, a native of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Ceylon True Cinnamon is praised for its health benefits and not to mention its deliciousness in apple pie!

Cinnamon and Weight Loss

A 2003 study published in Diabetes Care showed that as little as one teaspoon of cinnamon per day can boost the body's weight-loss ability by reducing blood sugar and promoting healthier processing of carbohydrates. It also lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by seven to 27% and total cholesterol by 12 to 26%. Plus, cinnamon has been shown to prevent the metabolic syndrome commonly seen in pre-diabetics. But before you go on piling the spice by spoonful, note that cinnamon contains a chemical called coumarin, which can lead to liver damage if consumed in very large amounts. This is taken From Yahoo Shine

High coumarin in Cassia Cinnamon

Let’s look at coumarin level of Cinnamon and cassis

Studies show that Coumarin levels in cinnamon, even when present, are not an issue. Levels of coumarin found in cinnamon are typically less than 15 mg/kg of the spice compared with over 2,000 mg/kg for cassia.

So now that we got that cleared, we have to use Ceylon True Cinnamon to benefit from Cinnamon Benefits.

How to use it is the next question?

• Add 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons to hot oatmeal or cold cereal, or a tablespoon to pancake batter.
• Mix 1/2 teaspoon into 2 tablespoons peanut butter and spread onto celery sticks.
• Microwave 1 cup soy milk and 1 teaspoon honey for 1:30, then add 1/2 teaspoon. Or simmer a stick and honey in soy milk for 5 minutes on stove.
• Stir 1/2 teaspoon into plain yogurt.
• Coat 2 cups of raw nuts with a mix of 1/4 cup honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and roast at 350F for 15 minutes.
• Shake three dashes into your favorite fruit smoothie.
• Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon straight into your coffee, latte, or cappuccino.
• Sprinkle powdered cinnamon on desserts, cereal, applesauce, French toast or pancakes, sweet potatoes or carrots or mix it into butter or cream cheese.
• Use stick cinnamon in your hot tea, or add to coffee, cocoa or cappuccino to liven up your day.
• Cinnamon can be baked into a dish
• A dash or two of cinnamon added to soups such as lentil or black bean may add an exotic flavor

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