Health Benefits of True Cinnamon

Did you know that Cinnamon has known health effects?

Laboratory studies have found that cinnamon:

  • Has antioxidant effects
  • Helps regulate blood sugar for people with diabetes
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Fights bacteria

Pure and true Cinnamon is good for you. Recently, the New York Times rated Cinnamon amongst the world’s top 12 foods health-wise, and called particular attention to its antioxidant properties.

In Western Europe, Cinnamon from Sri Lanka is used as a long term treatment for diabetes, hypertension and a variety of diseases of modern life. In Denmark a hospital even gives Cinnamon and honey daily to patients.

We suggest that you try adding cinnamon to tea or coffee for a better flavor and better health. Many soup and stew recipes call for cinnamon. So do deserts and puddings. Cinnamon makes food taste better. Include Cinnamon in your weekly diet. It’s good for you.

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Did you know that the cinnamon that you buy at your grocery store may not be what you think?

In North America, the bulk of what is sold as cinnamon in Supermarkets and food stores is actually Cassia.  Cassia is related to, but not the same as Ceylon cinnamon (or cinnamon verum, true cinnamon, from Sri Lanka), a higher-quality, more-delicate spice.

When it comes to health, it is important to know and appreciate the differences between Cinnamon and Cassia. Unlike the healthy, true Sri Lanka Cinnamon, Cassia contains a lot of COUMARIN. The German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment warns against Cassia as it is bad for the liver, kidneys and lungs, depending on the amount of intake. Cassia acts as a rodenticide when consumed by rats, leading to hemorrhage and death. In humans, though it is toxic to a much smaller extent, it is toxic nevertheless.

Cassia is heavier than Cinnamon.  It is an outer bark, whereas Cinnamon verum is from the delicate inner bark where true flavor and aroma can be found.

Cassia is often treated with sulphur, left in warehouses to air out, and loses its flavor before it is packaged and shipped abroad.  Additionally, some studies have found that cassia has coumarin, which is known to cause liver and kidney damage in high concentrations. Cinnamon verum, on the other hand, has negligible amounts of coumarin and is actually healthful.

To produce cinnamon verum products for consumers, CULINARY TRUTHSTM prepares the cinnamon right after it is harvested and uses hygienic and organic, natural processes to bring fresh and aromatic, high-quality, and high value cinnamon from Sri Lanka – the home of true cinnamon – to your kitchen.