Cinnamon is an evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka and Southern India. Its bark is very commonly used as the spice we all know as cinnamon. The original one is the Ceylon cinnamon, also known as true cinnamon, which is mostly used in Europe.
However, there are many related spices, also labeled as “cinnamon”, which is incorrect. For example, the most commonly sold in US and Canada actually is called cassia, distinguished from true cinnamon as Indonesian cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon. It comes from Southern China.
Cassia is a very close relative to the “true cinnamon”, but its flavor is less delicate than that of the true one and that is why it is less expensive.
Cinnamon sticks (quills) are 5-10 cm long rolls of thin dried bark and can be grated into “cinnamon powder”. Most people prefer sticks to powder, because the sticks (if stored properly) can be kept fresh and flavorous for 2-3 years, while powder can last fresh for six months only.
It may sound unbelievable that a half teaspoon of cinnamon contains antioxidants called polyphenols, about 1 gram fiber and less than 1 gram carbohydrate, and is rich in vitamins – C, K, and minerals – 28 grams calcium, iron, manganese.
The health benefits of these wonderful spices have been known and used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine. Cinnamon was used as an embalming agent in ancient Egypt, because of its preservation effect.
Traditional medicine has recommended cinnamon for digestive disorders -indigestion, gas and bloating, heartburn, diarrhea.
Modern medicine has confirmed these health benefits of cinnamon and has added some more, such as anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal effects.
A half teaspoon of powdered Ceylon cinnamon or tea from Ceylon cinnamon bark per day may help you to:
* Despite all these health benefits of cassia, it should not be used in place of anti-diabetic drugs.
In my next post I will reveal some interesting facts about cinnamon weight loss effect, and will share with you my favorite cinnamon recipes.
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