A few days back I was just scrolling through my news feed on Facebook and came across “Eat only the real Ceylon cinnamon”. Now this was the time I realized that this common spice in my kitchen also needs identification for purity, this motivated me to research some more to find out the right facts.
So as I mentioned above Ceylon cinnamon possesses the real benefits, it is sourced from the plant “cinnamomum zeylacium”. What majority of us have been using is not real cinnamon but Cassia cinnamon which comes from cinnamomum cassia commonly called as Chinese cinnamon as they mostly cultivated in china and Indonesia. These 2 varieties have few common characteristics like antimicrobial, inhibit growth of fungi and yeast and regulate blood sugar. But the content of “couramin” which is said to have a natural blood thinning property varies among different varieties.
The level of coumarin level in Ceylon cinnamon is very small while that of cassia cinnamon is 1200 times higher and therefore ingestion in large quantities can cause serious health damage.
|Dark brown, Cheap and easily available||Light brown, Expensive not easily available|
|Coumarin content 5%||Coumarin content 0.0004%|
|Flavor – Spice||Flavor – Sweet and slightly spicy|
|Only inward folded with empty cavities||Has several folds and without cavities|
|Hard to break or crush||Soft in texture and fragile|
Some quick recipes on how you can use cinnamon
- Lemon water with cinnamon
Boil some water along with cinnamon till it changes its color and reduces to half of the quantity, after removing from boil add lemon juice and honey.
You can even add Apple cider vinegar to it.
- Cinnamon water
Simply boil cinnamon in water like I mentioned above and have it on empty stomach to start your day with a gush of antioxidants.
- Cook food using Cinnamon
Add it to the normal food that you cook at home.
- Add a pinch to your tea / coffee
Add some ground cinnamon over your tea or coffee to add the right taste and benefit.
- Sprinkle on protein shake
Add a pinch of ground cinnamon to your shake and boost your metabolism.
So, what are you waiting for?? Ask your kiranawala for the REAL Ceylon kind of cinnamon and reap off the amazing benefits like weight loss and blood sugar control safely…
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