Cinnamon is the second most popular spice, after black pepper, in the United States and Europe.
There are two main types of cinnamon: cassia (typically labeled Saigon cinnamon) and Ceylon. Ceylon cinnamon is the best to use because Saigon (cassia) cinnamon contains a significant amount of coumarin, a liver toxin and potential carcinogen, as opposed to true Ceylon cinnamon.
FYI – Saigon cinnamon is a variety of cassia. Saigon and Ceylon cinnamon are closely related, but they come from different trees. So, if you can’t find Ceylon cinnamon, use less than 1-teaspoon of Saigon cinnamon, if this is what you are using.
Cinnamon is much more than just a flavoring for making holiday-inspired foods and spiced drinks, including using it in your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Cinnamon has many benefits – cinnamon:
- contains vitamins and minerals;
- can help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite;
- lowers blood sugar;
- is loaded with antioxidants to assist your immune system;
- increases mental acuity and improves memory;
- burns fat by increasing your metabolism;
- lowers the risk of heart disease;
- helps fight cold symptoms.
Start using more Ceylon cinnamon in your morning cup of Joe or in your favorite dishes. You’ll feel the “holiday” spirit all year round.
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