Food focus – Cinnamon

Did You Know

Prized as a gift fit for kings in ancient cultures, cinnamon is mentioned many times in the Old Testament, first when Moses uses it as a holy anointing oil.

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Cinnamon contains methylhydroxychalcone polymer or MHCP that actually mimics the hormone insulin, actively preventing diabetes and a useful weight management tool.

MHCP also stimulates glycogen production, the form of sugar that we store in muscles and the liver for peak energy needs, like when we exercise and during stress. This means that we crave fattening and ageing refined sugars less and regulate energy better. ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon daily has shown to reduce circulating blood sugar, so good for diabetics that they need their glucose levels and medications checked if eating regularly. This also stops sugars in the bloodstream damaging tissues and DNA which is extremely inflammatory and ageing. Cinnamon is a superior sweetener for food and flavouring for sweets and desserts; when eaten, tells the brain it has received something sweet without creating a damaging sugar surge.
• Has a reputation as an aphrodisiac and simply smelling cinnamon has shown to improve brain reactions and memory.
• A teaspoon of cinnamon has the same antioxidant power as ½ cup of blueberries or a cup of pomegranate juice.
• Kills microbes and yeasts that upset digestion and immunity.

Practical Tip

Seasoning a high sugar or refined carbohydrate food with cinnamon lessens its damaging effects. Buy as sticks or the ground spice and check it has the sweet smell that shows it is fresh. The sticks keep for longer but the powder is stronger. Helps relieve colds and flu added to hot honey and lemon tea.

MAJOR NUTRIENTS PER 3.5OZ/ 100G GROUND CINNAMON (CASSIA)

KCalories 247 kcal
Total fat 1.24 g
Protein 3.99 g
Carbohydrate 80.59 g
Fibre 53.1 g
Vitamin C 3.8 mg
Vitamin A 295 IU
Calcium 1002 mg
Manganese 17.47 mg

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