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It is definitely a sin if you have been avoiding this brown beauty in your daily cooking. This beautifully aromatic sweet cinnamon is definitely one of cinnamon-sticks-and-powder-on-wooden-tablethe oldest spices we have. It is perfect during winter as well as for a nice cup of tea sprinkled with cinnamon on top. Let us get to know this sweet lady.

Hello Mr.Cinnamon:
Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum. There are two main types of cinnamon Ceylon cinnamon: Also known as “true” cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon: This is the more common variety today, what people generally refer to as “cinnamon”. Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of the cinnamomum tree. The inner bark is then extracted and the woody parts removed from it. When it dries, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. The sticks can be ground to form cinnamon powder.

The ANTI- game :
The active components in the cinnamon spice is known to have anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-flatulent properties. So it is definitely not the ANTI- hero types.

Kicking those oxidation:
Cinnamon’s antioxidant properties are way higher when compared with any fruit. So don’t forget to add a dash of it next time in your smoothies.

Powerhouse of minerals:
This spicy stick is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium. And these minerals have a huge responsibility for red blood cell production and fluid balance in your body. It also contains very good amounts of vitamin A, niacin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine which is all good for your health.

Dostana with blood sugars:
High-carbohydrate meals tend to increase blood sugar quickly since they are flushed out by the stomach rapidly. Cinnamon, when added as a seasoning on high-carbohydrate foods, slows down the rate at which food is emptied from the stomach, thereby reducing the rise in blood sugar.

Cinnamon has a lot of health benefits and is rated as the number one antioxidant spice in the world. So have some cinnamon and stay healthy.

Until my next blog, this is Divya signing-out. Stay Fit and Stay Happy.

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Divya Gnanasekaran
Wellness and Nutrition Head – RE-FIT @ Take Diversion

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