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“The smell of cinnamon is the best cure for the winter blues”.

Hello everyone!


Thisweek we will talk about cinnamon! My most favorite spice! A spice full of controversies. Homely and exotic. Sweet and bitter, and sometimes even savory. But above all, extremely aromatic!!!


Cinnamon means Halloween pumpkin tart, Christmas cookies, Dutch apple pie, Mexican drinking chocolate, Greek stew, Swedish kanelbullar, Moroccan lamp, American carrot cake, and so many more!!!


Cinnamon is such a popular spice across the world, known for its spectacular taste but also for its fantastic nutritional benefits. So, let’s see which these are. 😊


- Cinnamon is packed in antioxidants. Cinnamon’s antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties. And why is this important? Because inflammation is linked to a wide range of health problems, such as skin conditions, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.


Fun fact: in studies comparing the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon was the clear winner, outranking even garlic and oregano!


- Cinnamon loves and protects our hearts and our cardiovascular system. It reduces levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, while “good” HDL cholesterol remains unimpacted. At the same time, cinnamon has been shown to significantly increase sensitivity to the hormone insulin which results to lower blood sugar levels.


- Cinnamon loves our brain! Diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are responsible for the progressive loss of structure or function of brain cells. Consuming cinnamon increases specific factors (called neurotrophic), which keep the existing neurons in our brain alive and promote new ones to grow and therefore could delay the progression of such diseases.


- Lastly and importantly, many things have been written about the toxicity of cinnamon. You can safely eat up to 1 teaspoon of Cassia cinnamon or up to 2.5 teaspoons of Ceylon cinnamon per day. Eating more than this is not advised. Cinnamon is absolutely safe to eat in small or moderate amounts and eating less than the tolerable daily intake is more than


Now you might ask, what is Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon.

Well, they are the two main types of cinnamon. Ceylon is also known as “true” cinnamon - it has a lighter and less bitter taste, while Cassia, known as “regular” cinnamon, is the most commonly used type, and definitely much cheaper than Ceylon cinnamon.


Cinnamon is made by drying the inner bark from cinnamon trees (native of Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka), which forms curly rolls, the cinnamon sticks. And if you ground these sticks, you get the cinnamon powder. 😊


To sum up, cinnamon loves our heart, our cardiovascular system, our skin, our brain, our health! Consume it, within limits (as all things), and you will be rewarded with all of the above benefits!


With these thoughts, in this cold evening, I am leaving you with an old saying:

“The smell of cinnamon is the best cure for the winter blues”.


xoxoxo

Maro

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