Cinnamon is an aromatic condiment that can be used in several recipes, as it provides a sweeter flavor for foods, and can also be consumed in the form of tea.
This spice is rich in mucilage, coumarin and tannin, which gives it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antispasmodic, anesthetic and probiotic properties, stimulating the body’s defenses and providing several health benefits such as:
- Help to control diabetes because it improves the use of sugar;
- Improve digestive disorders such as gas, spasmodic problems and to treat diarrhea due to its antibacterial, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect;
- Combat respiratory tract infections as it has a drying effect on mucous membranes and is a natural expectorant;
- Decrease fatigue and improve mood because it increases resistance to stress;
- Help fight cholesterol by the presence of antioxidants;
- It helps in digestion , especially when mixed with honey because honey has enzymes that facilitate digestion and cinnamon antibacterial, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect;
- Decreases appetite because it is rich in fiber;
- Reduces fat accumulation because it improves tissue sensitivity to insulin action;
- It improves intimate contact because it is an aphrodisiac and improves blood circulation, increasing sensitivity and pleasure, which also favors sexual contact.
- It helps to lower blood pressure due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help to relax blood vessels.
To obtain all the health benefits of cinnamon, just consume 1 teaspoon per day, which can be consumed in different ways, such as desserts, creams, mousses and cereals, for example.
Nutritional information of cinnamon
The following table shows the nutritional information for 100 grams of cinnamon:
|Components||Amount per 100 g of cinnamon|
|Vitamin A||26 mcg|
|C vitamin||28 mg|
How to use cinnamon
The used parts of cinnamon are its bark, found in supermarkets in the form of cinnamon stick, and its essential oil, which can be found in health food stores or drugstores.
A popular way to enjoy the benefits of cinnamon is to use it as a seasoning in meat, fish, chicken and even tofu. To do this, just grind, 2 anise stars, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of coarse salt and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Store the seasoning in the refrigerator and it is ready to use at any time.
Sprinkling 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder on fruit salad or oatmeal is a great strategy to help regulate blood glucose naturally, being useful in controlling diabetes and for weight loss. Learn more about using cinnamon to lose weight.
How to make cinnamon tea
Another very popular way to use cinnamon is to make tea, which besides being very aromatic, brings all the health benefits of cinnamon.
- 1 cinnamon stick;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Put the cinnamon stick in the cup with the boiling water and let it stand for 10 minutes. Then remove the cinnamon stick and consume up to 3 cups a day, before meals.
If the flavor of the tea is too intense, it is possible to leave the cinnamon stick in the water for less time, between 5 to 10 minutes, or add a few drops of lemon or a thin slice of ginger, for example.
Healthy Cinnamon Recipes
Some recipes that can be made with cinnamon are:
1. Banana and cinnamon cake
- 5 eggs;
- 2 and ¼ cups of wheat flour;
- 1 cup of demerara sugar tea;
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder;
- ¾ cups of milk tea;
- 2 mashed bananas;
- 1 cup of oil tea;
- ½ cup of tea from crushed nuts.
Beat the eggs, sugar, milk and oil for about 5 minutes in a blender. Then add the flour and baking powder, beating a little more to mix everything. Finally, pass the dough into a container, add the mashed bananas and crushed nuts and stir well until the dough is uniform.
Place the dough in a greased pan and place in a preheated oven at 180º until golden brown. Then sprinkle cinnamon on top of the cake.
2. Baked apple with cinnamon
- 2 Units of apple
- 2 Units of cinnamon stick
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
Wash the apples and remove the central part, where the stalk and seeds are, but without breaking the apples. Place the apples in an ovenproof dish, placing a cinnamon stick in the center and sprinkling with sugar. Bake at 200ºC for 15 minutes or until the apples are very soft.
Possible side effects and contraindications
The side effects of cinnamon are allergies and skin irritation and therefore should not be consumed in the case of gastric or intestinal ulcers. In addition, cinnamon should also not be consumed during pregnancy as it may favor uterine contraction.