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Can Cinnamon Help You Lose Weight?


By +Carolyn Richardson on Dec 05, 2012 10:00 AM in Healthy Eating

Enjoy the health benefits of this wonder spice

How old is that jar of cinnamon in your kitchen cabinet? Now that you know, we hope you have a stronger sense of urgency to actually use more of it. Our usual use of cinnamon is a dash here or a cinnamon stick there, but you might want to up the ante on your cinnamon consumption. Not only will this spice provide a source of warmth and relief for those long, cold winter days, but its’ strong, sweet flavor can add health benefits you would never have guessed. As you prepare for the New Year, think of how you can infuse more cinnamon into your regular diet. 

Cinnamon’s Nutritional Value

The medicinal properties in cinnamon are present in the varieties you’d find in most grocery stores. It comes in powder, stick, oil and extract form. While you may look to fruits and vegetables for your daily dose of fiber, adding just two teaspoons of cinnamon offers up 2.5 grams of fiber. Consider adding a small amount to meals to boost your fiber quotient. While the amount of varies greatly, a blood-thinning compound, coumarin, is also found in cinnamon. Vitamins and minerals in cinnamon includes a significant amount of calcium, manganese, vitamins A and K, as well as iron. 

Cinnamon and Weight Loss

A recent report speaks to the health benefits of cinnamon as a miracle spice that has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant, as well as cancer-fighting and cholesterol-lowering effects. However, the amount of clinically controlled trials to corroborate cinnamon’s effect on humans is scant. One such study of Type 2 diabetes patients showed profound effects on the levels of fasting blood glucose and an added weight loss perk to boot. The double blind, randomized trial assigned participants to a three-grams-per-day cinnamon supplement for eight weeks. Though there were no significant differences in baseline characteristics, dietary intake and physical activity between groups, when compared to placebo, those who took the supplements saw a reduction in weight, BMI and body fat mass which all decreased significantly compared to baseline. Other study findings include:

  • A ½ teaspoon of cinnamon a day can help lower LDL, your "bad" cholesterol.
  • Cinnamon can be used as a natural preservative, inhibiting bacterial growth and food spoilage.
  • Cinnamon is a natural cure for headaches and migraines, and may lower fever.
  • The smell of cinnamon alone can boost your cognitive function and memory. 

How to Use Cinnamon

Now that you know how much is enough, use it in a variety of recipes, from savory stews and sweet desserts to hot drinks. Add a dash to your morning oatmeal or coffee, tea or warmed apple cider. Sprinkle some over homemade cookies or pies. You can also use whole sticks in stews, soups, or other dishes that use boiling. If you want to go beyond sprinkles, spoonfuls, and dashes, use these recipes for cinnamon-infused dishes by meal type. Be sure to use the recipe analyzer to make sure you're keeping your calorie count in check.

Drinks

Cappuccino Mix

Desserts

Cinnamon Biscuits 

Dinner Entrees

Cinnamon Stewed Chicken

Breakfast

Cinnamon Pancakes

Lunch 

Cincinnati Chili

Bon Appetit!

Your thoughts…

How do you incorporate cinnamon into your healthy lifestyle? 

Here’s more information on selection and storage of cinnamon. 

 



Comments


To bad I can't enjoy this wonderful spice as I am on blood thinners and this interacts with it.....you should mention that in your article for those that are on Coumadin/warfarin.



I take cinnamon in capsules. Didn't know about the blood thinning.


I put cinnamon on everything! Its a really great low calorie way to add flavor. I love sprinkling it on a 100 calorie bag of kettle corn, adding it to my cereal and coffee, and sometimes I throw a cinnamon stick in with the coffee grounds when it is brewing. My husband and I will also sprinkle it on toast and peanut butter or a banana with a little bit of honey. 



They do state very clearly, it's a blood thinning agent.


I drink a large glass off hot water mixed with cinnamon and a shot of aloe vera juice in the morning before I work out. I also love cinnamon in my low-fat plain yoghurt, in oatmeal and smoothies. I love it's warming flavour, along with 4-season papper it's probably my favourite and most used spice.



I've been taking two capsules a day since mid Sept. My diabetes 2 has been under control but I've always tested in the 136-140 range after a 12-14 hour overnight fast. That's after years on stevia and watching diet. Had my annual with internist this last week and was very happy to see that morning's overnight Test at 105. Previous with doctors lab was usually 120 range. But the A1C ( average of 6 months from drawn blood sample) was the lowest in 6 years: 6.1 ( down from May 2012 test of 6.5). To be considered not a diabetic 2 it has to be 6. Or under.

SO eat cinnamon!!!! This was the only major change in my Daily diet and for 7 weeks of the last 2 months I've been non-mobile with a cracked tibia! No exercise!


I just added a teaspoon of cinnamon to my Dannon Lowfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt and it was terrific.  An easy way to get the daily dose.



This article is probably talking about real cinnamon though, not the stuff you buy in most supermarkets, which is not true cinnamon, but rather cassia.  Unless your cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka, rather than say, China, Vietnam, or Indonesia (pretty much all supermarket brands unless labeled otherwise), you are not buying real cinnamon, and aren't going to get the same level of health benefits.  Additionally, cassia contains larger quantities of blood-thinning compounds, and it is not recommended that you eat large amounts on a regular basis (I'm not sure what constitutes a "large" amount though).  So be wary about simply adding lots of cinnamon to your diet- try locating some Sri Lankan/Ceylon cinnamon first (I don't know what is in the pills- probably more likely to be real cinnamon).

You can read more about cinnamon versus cassia here:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=newtip&dbid=31



I beg to differ. I was eating the common cinnamon Sold in the groceries all over the US. That us what has lowered my blood sugar. It is also what the test studies are based upon.


Original Post by: mikalabruno

I put cinnamon on everything! Its a really great low calorie way to add flavor. I love sprinkling it on a 100 calorie bag of kettle corn, adding it to my cereal and coffee, and sometimes I throw a cinnamon stick in with the coffee grounds when it is brewing. My husband and I will also sprinkle it on toast and peanut butter or a banana with a little bit of honey. 


I LOVE brewing cinnamon in coffee!  I'll have to try the kettle corn thing!



Original Post by: moface

I beg to differ. I was eating the common cinnamon Sold in the groceries all over the US. That us what has lowered my blood sugar. It is also what the test studies are based upon.

What do you beg to differ on?  Are you disputing any of the facts?  I posted a link if you want to check them out for yourself.  I could post more if you are curious, as I have read quite a bit about this.  As I said in my post, I don't know what is used in the cinnamon capsules.  It may be real cinnamon.  I was speaking about the cinnamon people sprinkle on their food.  Also, note that I didn't say cassia has no health benefits, just that Ceylon cinnamon is superior.



The article actually says, "The medicinal properties in cinnamon are present in the varieties you’d find in most grocery stores."



Original Post by: bansheekitty

This article is probably talking about real cinnamon though, not the stuff you buy in most supermarkets, which is not true cinnamon, but rather cassia.  Unless your cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka, rather than say, China, Vietnam, or Indonesia (pretty much all supermarket brands unless labeled otherwise), you are not buying real cinnamon, and aren't going to get the same level of health benefits.  Additionally, cassia contains larger quantities of blood-thinning compounds, and it is not recommended that you eat large amounts on a regular basis (I'm not sure what constitutes a "large" amount though).  So be wary about simply adding lots of cinnamon to your diet- try locating some Sri Lankan/Ceylon cinnamon first (I don't know what is in the pills- probably more likely to be real cinnamon).

You can read more about cinnamon versus cassia here:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=newtip&dbid=31


Good information. Thank you. More here:

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/cinnamon_honey.html#CCW

CINNAMON AND COUMARIN WARNING 

Ratings: 2 WARNINGS!

[WARNING!]  05/25/2011: Mayallen from Dublin, Ireland: "If you are going to use Cinnamon, make sure it is pure Ceylon Cinnamon, and not Cassia which contains 5 % Coumarin, a toxin that is very harmful to the liver and kidneys. Ceylon Cinnamon only has .05% Coumarin. The Cinnamon you purchase in the stores or Supermarkets has little or no curative properties..."



I have been sprinkling cinnamon on my coffee grounds for a little over a year.  My last cholesteral test was lower.  I don't know if it was from the cinnamon, but I was happy.  I will take the suggestions of adding/sprinking on various foods.  I love cinnamon!  The smell of my coffee is very comforting.  Thank you for the article.



Hahaha take the cinnamon challenge! If you don't know what it is, look it up on YouTube. Smile



I love using cinnamon sticks in my tea.  I just boil the stick with the water, and leave it.  It gives the tea such a great taste, I never go without it.  Was not aware of all of the other added benefits though, but I am very interested in using it more in my food now.



I always have a bowl of porridge with a banana and a teaspoon of cinnamon about 90 mins before I work out, its awesome and my husband has started doing the same before he plays soccer he says it gives him more energy to keep going (that'll be the oats and banana though lol) But without the cinnamon it just doesn't taste right!   I love cinnamon :)



Original Post by: charlee1981

I always have a bowl of porridge with a banana and a teaspoon of cinnamon about 90 mins before I work out, its awesome and my husband has started doing the same before he plays soccer he says it gives him more energy to keep going (that'll be the oats and banana though lol) But without the cinnamon it just doesn't taste right!   I love cinnamon :)


I do this too!  I get the whole grain Cream of Wheat (that's porridge, right?) I also sprinkle some on my greek yogurt with mixed berries...yummy yummy!



I get some of the good baking apples, slice one up, sprinkle with cinnamon and a little butter and microwave until soft. It is a nice dessert during the winter.



Pb with 1/2 tsp on two pieces of light whole wheat toast, fills me up till lunch...my glucose has gone from 7 to 5.7, not saying just from the cinnamon but it has gone down about .4 since I have been eating it most days



Cinnamon also raises some people's blood pressure. I love it when making chai


I always have it with my oats in the morning - it really makes them yummy!



I don't like cottage cheese, but I love it with a little cinnamon, a dash of vanilla flavoring and a little bit of stevia as a healthy snack or dessert!



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One of my fave smoothie recipes is a tsp ground cinnamon, vanilla whey protein, one cup Cappuccino Soy Slender beverage, a frozen banana and fresh blueberries. Delicious!


Blood Sugar Control – Several studies have found that Cinnamon has properties that help those with insulin resistance. It is therefore very popular with Type 2 diabetics who take it to control their blood sugar variations.

 

Ceylon Cinnamon is particularly popular because it has low levels of Coumarin. compared to Cassia Cinnamon found in your grocery store. In case you did not know Coumarin in high doses can cause liver damage. In another study Ceylon Cinnamon was found to have an effect on blood sugar control in a rat model. If you are taking Ceylon Cinnamon for diabetes, take it in moderation as part of a healthy program of diet, proper nutrition and moderate exercise.

 

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My sugar use to be 180 to 200 , now after using Herbal Hearts cinnamon capsules its 110 to 120! I cant believe it myself.

 

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i love cinammon



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