Cinnamon

Cinnamon

“Cinnamon, spice, and everything nice!”

This spice that comes from the branches of wild trees native to the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia is used to flavor a large amount of ranging from baked goods and sweet treats all the way to savory dishes.

There are actually two main types of cinnamon:

  • Ceylon cinnamon… often considered to be “true cinnamon”.
  • Cassia cinnamon, which originates from southern China.

Due to the fact that Ceylon cinnamon is very expensive, most foods in the USA and Western Europe, use the cheaper Cassia cinnamon .

Nutritional Benefits

  • Seasoning a high carbohydrate food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels.
  • The essential oils in cinnamon have been shown to have anti-microbial and anti-clotting effects.
  • Chewing cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling cinnamon was shown to enhance cognitive processing.

Best Ways to Use

  • Cinnamon goes well in baked goods, hot cereals, and other sweet dishes.
  • Simmer cinnamon sticks with soymilk and honey for a deliciously warming beverage.
  • Adding ground cinnamon to black beans to be used in burritos or nachos will give them a uniquely delicious taste.
  • Add ground cinnamon when preparing curries.

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