Cinnamon

One of my favorite tasting and beneficial spices that I use all the time is cinnamon.  I’m a big tofu user.  Tofu is probably the number source I use for protein.  And the thing I like about tofu is you can have it pretty must taste like anything you want by how you prepare it.  And one of the main staples in about every way I prep my tofu is cinnamon.

Key Benefits

Cinnamon is a good source of fiber, manganese, and calcium which is important to me since, they help me flush my system, and help me recover from my workouts.  You can see from the choices of spices I use a lot of the key benefits overlap, and I have no idea if that is good or redundant.  I just know it has been working for me so far. (1)

Cinnamon is a great source of Antioxidants, in fact it is believed to be one of the more powerful sources of an antioxidant.  It gets shadowed by the Acai berries, but a good consumption of cinnamon can be just as impactful.

It also have been found that cinnamon has compounds that help minimize anti-inflammatory in the body. And has been documented to helps inflammation associated with cancer, skin conditions, autoimmune diseases and cancers.  That is some pretty powerful spice right there!

And the main reasons why I add cinnamon to my diet besides for the taste, is that it helps with weight loss and blood sugar.  While the studies are not conclusive it has been linked to lower blood sugar levels by reducing your insulin resistance. It has also been shown to lower our blood sugar levels while consuming carbohydrates.  Since your body uses more energy to process cinnamon is help speed up your metabolism.  How cool is that?  (2) 

Conclusion

While I probably go over the daily recommended amount (by a lot) it’s been recommended to have about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Closing I use cinnamon to help counter balance the taste of some powerful spices that I don’t really care the taste of.  The main one that comes to mind is Turmeric.   So for those of you who don’t like the taste of turmeric try adding cinnamon when you use turmeric to help offset the taste.

Other ways I incorporate cinnamon in my diet is by adding to my oatmeal, tofu, lemon water, and coffee.   What ways are you going to try to add it to your diet?  Or if you’ve been using it, how?  Please comment below. Have more questions on Cinnamon?  Please contact me or start a discussion below, I’m sure others are thinking the same as you, but are waiting on YOU to start the discussion.

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