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Cinnamon

This article is part of a larger article titled "100+ Healthiest Foods On Planet Earth."  Read it here.

Cinnamon Nutritional Information (per 100g)

Water: 10.6 g
Calories: 247 kcal
Protein: 4 g
Carbohydrate: 80.6 g
Dietary fiber: 53.1 g
Sugars: 2.2 g
Fat: 1.2 g
Saturated fat: 0.3 g
Monounsaturated fat: 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1 g
Vitamin C: 3.8 mg
Vitamin B3: 1.3 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.2 mg
Vitamin B9: 6 μg
Vitamin A: 15 μg
Vitamin E: 2.3 mg
Vitamin K: 31.2 μg
Calcium: 1002 mg
Iron: 8.3 mg
Magnesium: 60 mg
Phosphorus: 64 mg
Potassium: 431 mg
Sodium: 10 mg
Zinc: 1.8 mg

The ‘cinnamon challenge‘ was a popular internet sensation where people would try and swallow a spoonful of powdered cinnamon in less than 60 seconds, without drinking anything. Consuming it in this way is dangerous to your health, however if consumed in a sensible manner, cinnamon can bring lots of health benefits.

Cinnamon is a woody looking spice and is used in a variety of ways; it can be sprinkled over coffee for example or used as an ingredient for a number of desserts. It is obtained from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree, by separating it from the woody parts.

There are two types, namely ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. The latter is the more common type, however is not as healthy as the former. Cinnamon comes in stick or powder form.

Cinnamon contains antioxidants such as polyphenols, which are required by the body to fight off free radicals. It has been shown to rank very high when compared with 25 other spices for antioxidant activity.

You may already have heard somewhere that cinnamon is great for lowering blood sugar – this is not a myth! Not only does it reduce insulin resistance but it also lowers the amount of glucose that the body absorbs into the bloodstream, after eating.

There are a number of studies showing that cinnamon can reduce the fasting blood sugar levels in diabetics by almost 30%. It can also assist with weight loss.

Additionally, it has been shown to help prevent and treat cancer. It does this by reducing the growth of cancerous cells and causing their death, due to its toxicity on them. A study carried out on mice who had colon cancer revealed that cinnamon prevented further cancer growth. It is believed it does this due to its high antioxidant properties, as mentioned above.

Cinnamon may help fight against inflammation, when it becomes a problem in the body. Even though inflammation is important (as it assists our bodies in fighting off infections), it can cause problems when it affects our body’s tissues. Studies have shown that cinnamon contains antioxidants which reduce inflammation.