I have always loved cinnamon. I try to put it in everything possible – I just love the flavor and how it really seems to round out a lot of dishes. I like smelling it too. A few times I’ve considered rubbing a cinnamon stick under my arm pits. True story.
But did you know that cinnamon doesn’t just taste yummy, it’s also GOOD FOR YOU? Yes! More Than Alive sent me a bundle of their cinnamon products to try: cinnamon sticks, cinnamon chips, and cinnamon powder. I’ve been sniffing for days now and I love it.
If you’re like me, you have no idea what Cinnamon Chips are. They are not, in fact, a product made by Hershey’s that you throw in muffins (although I do have a love affair with those too). They are actually just cinnamon sticks that have been chopped. Who knew?!
Since this is the Christmas season, the season where cinnamon abounds, let’s look at some of the awesome benefits of including cinnamon in your diet.
- Cinnamon regulates blood sugar (good choice for diabetics and hypoglycemic folks like myself)
- It lowers LDL cholesterol
- It helps keep yeast infections at bay (for this reason alone, I kiss my cinnamon bottle)
- You can get relief from arthritis with cinnamon. Studies show that combining ½ teaspoon cinnamon with 1 tablespoon of honey and taking it each day before breakfast can reduce pain from arthritis
- It’s a natural food preservative
- Cinnamon may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells!
- It helps control menstrual pain….ladies, cinnamon is a miracle substance!
- It might help balance hormones and help with infertility
- High in nutrients like: fiber, iron, and calcium. And in the Myers house, we embrace fiber.
If you think like me, it makes a lot more sense to try working cinnamon into your diet than to medicate yourself with every drug known to man…and if it doesn’t work for you, then heck – all you lost was a muffin in your belly. No harm, no foul.
If you’re looking for good, quality cinnamon products, More Than Alive is where it’s AT. I can tell that their products are top notch. Sometimes stores/companies sell cassia that is labeled as cinnamon – so it’s not REALLY cinnamon. There is Cassia Cinnamon and Ceylon Cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon is quite expensive. They are a member of the same family and hold similar benefits, but Ceylon is for taking long term while Cassia is more for temporary usage (using in food or while sick, etc.). More Than Alive sells Cassia Cinnamon as it’s more affordable.
It’s really easy to work cinnamon into your diet. A little bit here and there really adds up! Here are a few options for adding cinnamon to your diet:
- Make a batch of Cinnamon PB Granola
- When making your coffee, add a bit of cinnamon to the coffee grounds (cinnamon chips work great for this!)
- Mix ½ teaspoon cinnamon in 1 tablespoon of honey and take it each morning before breakfast
- Sprinkle cinnamon over waffles, pancakes, or on top of your cereal
- Make a batch of Better Bran Muffins and really lay the cinnamon on thick
- Serve up a Crock Pot Honey Spiced Latte with a cinnamon stick
- Add cinnamon to your tea as it steeps