Cinnamon's most popular use is sprinkled on oatmeal or added to sweeten baked goods. However it is so much more than a spice with delicious flavour... Read on for 3 reasons to eat more cinnamon and easy ways to do it!
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Ingredient Spotlight - Sprinkle on the Cinnamon

Nutrition

Cinnamon is an ancient spice and first appeared in Chinese medical writings in 2800BC!

Back then it was used to aid in digestive, repiratory and bacterial diseases. 

Today its most popular use is sprinkled on oatmeal or in baked goods. However it is so much more than a spice with delicious flavour...Here are 3 reasons to get more cinnamon in your diet.

  1. It is a warming spice that can help with poor circulation and warm people who are constantly cold or have cold feet or hands - this is especially helpful in the chilly, winter months. You can get these benefits by boiling 3 cups of water in a pot on the stove and simmering with 2 cinnamon sticks for about 15 minutes, strain the water and enjoy!
  2. It is an excellent source of antioxidants - shown to be especially relevant in the prevention of brain diseases such as alzheimers and stroke. Adding just a half teaspoon of cinnamon to your morning oatmeal brings the antioxidant power of your meal from 20 units to 120 units! 
  3. It is has anti-inflammatory properties that are good for your digestive system. It can help clear unwanted particles and food in your gut and keep your liver functioning well. 

Are you buying the right kind of cinnamon?

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Not all cinnamon is created equal. Most conventional cinnamon sold on grocery store shelves today is "cassia" cinnamon. This is a cheaper kind of cinnamon that doesn't have all of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits mentioned above. It also has a compound in it called coumarin wich may be toxic at higher doses. To get the most health benefits from consuming more cinnamon look for "ceylon" cinnamon.  

How to easily get more cinnamon in your day...

  • sprinkle some in your tea or coffee
  • put some on your morning oatmeal or cereal to up your antioxidants
  • mix it in to your peanut butter or almond butter
  • sprinkle it on any fruit - especially apples
  • put a dash in your salad dressing
  • add some to fall vegetable dishes - its excellent on squash or with anything pumpkin

Remember even a 1/2 teaspoon will up your antioxidant levels...you don't need a lot to get the benefits! 

How do you get more cinnamon in your day? Lease any ideas in the comments below...

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