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Eating for Your Health: Cinnamon



When I think cinnamon, I don’t generally think healthy.  Instead I think cinnamon rolls, but my husband has been eating a lot of cinnamon since his diabetes diagnosis saying it helps lower blood sugar.  So, I decided to look it up and see for myself.  Turns out he is right, several studies show that cinnamon may help control blood sugar.

But, the health benefits of cinnamon don’t stop with blood sugar control.  Cinnamon may stop fungal infections, prevent cancer, ease the symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome and other stomach illnesses, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

So, how can you have your cinnamon in a healthy way.  I mean cinnamon rolls are good, but the fat and sugar in them is not.  Well, there are other ways to get your cinnamon.  Try making tea out of cinnamon sticks, add it to your favorite tea or coffee, sprinkle it on your oatmeal, or add it to your savory dishes like chili or curry.  You can even take cinnamon supplements.

There is one caveat though, too much Cassia Cinnamon can cause liver damage, so don’t eat too much or chose Ceylon Cinnamon instead.

Sources:  Cinnamon Vogue

                  Medical News Today

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