Cinnamon, like many other spices, has emerged as a true wonder food in terms of almost medicinal-type power to protect our health. A small handful of studies have reported that cinnamon enhances both the metabolism of glucose and cholesterol and may thusly provide protection from type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that study subjects who added a bit more than a teaspoon of cinnamon to a rice pudding dessert significantly decreased their normal, post-dessert elevations of blood sugar.
Interestingly, at least some of this effect was related to the spice’s ability to delay how quickly food leaves the stomach and enters the intestines. In this regard, cinnamon may also be helpful in reducing appetite through enhancing satiety (fullness).
I keep an extra large container of ground cinnamon handy in my cupboard at all times and sprinkle it liberally on my morning on my morning kefir, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal etc.
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