Let’s take a look at what is generally referred to as the world’s Number One Spice – cinnamon.
Cinnamon has been used medicinally for thousands of years and in cooking it’s sweet and warming and delicious. It’s well known for its protective antioxidant properties, but also for being antibacterial, antifungal and anti-diabetic!
Cinnamon actually comes from the oily part of a tree so the popular powdered form is actually tree bark. Interesting huh? And of course, it’s really easy to get and so easy to use, just try to get it from a good source and keep replacing it periodically so that it retains its freshness and potency.
And cinnamon really is potent! As little as half a teaspoon a day can positively affect blood sugar and cholesterol…..digestion and overall immunity.. Cinnamon is also effective in reducing the risk of heart disease……., diabetes……and cancer.
You can keep infections and viruses at bay and maintain healthy brain function through the inclusion of cinnamon in your diet.
When we were talking about cutting out sugar cinnamon is one of the spices that can be a helpful replacement, adding loads of flavour and warmth to food without needing to sweeten it.
Grated fresh cinnamon is great but cinnamon sticks also add real depth of flavour to sweet and savoury dishes or add one to hot water to infuse for a hit of cinnamon tea. Ground cinnamon is wonderful and not just for sprinkling over desserts or oatmeal or yoghurt, it’s also excellent to sprinkle into savoury dishes like soups and stews.
You can also buy cinnamon capsules and as an essential oil.
So, I invite you into the wonderful world of cinnamon and all its medicinal and foodie delights.