“Do you have a spice that you can’t get enough of? A pantry staple that you try to find a way to work into almost every meal? With many it’s cinnamon – but did you know there are two types of cinnamon; cassia and Ceylon. They are both healthy, nutrient-dense, and aromatic, however, if you’re consuming large amounts you should be wary of the kind you’re eating. Cassia contains high amounts of the chemical coumarin, which research has shown when consumed in excess can lead to liver damage and possible development of cancer. Side by side the varieties are easy to differentiate; Ceylon is a tan brown whereas cassia is a dark reddish-brown. If the opportunity is there, stock up on Ceylon where you can for the most abundant health benefits.
Thanks to the antioxidants present in this spice, particularly polyphenols, cinnamon has been praised as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Regulates Cholesterol Levels
Many of us know that there are two types of cholesterol; the good ones and the bad ones. Cholesterol is actually used to build the structure of our cell membranes, so it is vital that we have it in a healthy balance. In studies, people who consumed a single teaspoon of cinnamon each day had lower LDL cholesterol (bad) but maintained HDL cholesterol (good)
Useful for Diabetes, Insulin Sensitivity & Lowering Blood Sugar Levels
May Protect Against Cancer
Due to regulations, evidence has only been presented in test tube and animal studies, but there has been significant evidence to suggest that cinnamon extracts may prevent cancer. This is through numerous pathways including reducing growth and formation, acting in a toxic manner, activating detoxifying enzymes, and antioxidant properties.
Beneficial for Neurodegenerative Diseases
A related article, you may also wish to read ‘Ceylon vs. Cassia — Not All Cinnamon Is Created Equal’ can be found here
Some lower carb recipe suggestions that use cinnamon
Apples with Cinnamon in a Vanilla Sauce
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Low Carb ‘Rice Pudding’
Spiced Fruit Bread … Low Carb and ready in 90 seconds !
Moussaka-stuffed aubergines / eggplants
A variety of articles and recipe ideas are within this blog. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.
All the best Jan