Fun Facts about Cinnamon
We often think of cinnamon as a delicious addition to many dishes which it certainly is however it also has almost magical qualities. There are actually two types of cinnamon, Cassia Cinnamon and True Cinnamon, with Cassia being the most common and is typically what many of us have stored in our spice cabinets. Cassia Cinnamon is what is commonly used here in America but in some areas of the world it must be called by a specific name in order to be sold and is actually against the law to refer to cassia as cinnamon. France was pretty clever though in order to skirt around the issue of the name they simply renamed it Cannelle which signifies both types of this tasty spice. Leave it to our neighbors in France the world renown country of wonderful creative cuisine to just keep it simple.
Studies have shown that using cinnamon helps to control blood sugar spikes, which which can occur after every meal is great for everyone, diabetic or not. Unless one had an aversion or allergic sensitivity to cinnamon I have read that it is beneficial for everyone as it works to prevent elevated glucose levels as well as blood lipids.
What I found interesting was that after many studies were conducted the researcher concluded that it truly does not take much cinnamon intake daily to obtain the benefits. Many tests were performed from 1 to 6 grams with good results at every level but it was determined that about 1/2 teaspoon daily was sufficient to be a health benefit. Now I don't know about everyone but I love the taste of cinnamon and can easily consume a tablespoon full on my oatmeal and use copious amounts in my homemade muffins. But if you would just like to improve glucose levels and steer away from the blood sugar spikes so common with fruits and other high carbohydrate foods then 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily is most likely your answer. And that would be easy to do just adding it to a smoothie or on your hot cereal.
Another quirky fact of cinnamon that researchers discovered during a study conducted by a prominent professor at Ohio Northern University that chewing cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling cinnamon improved cognitive abilities in student test results. They were asked to smell or chew peppermint or jasmine as well which had no results in their test result, yet cinnamon greatly improved memory, the students had much more focused attention and faster reflexes between what they saw and were tasked to do.
And can't we all use that? I know I sure can.!