Cinnamon is a superb and essential addition to your diet, it’s been around for centuries but recently studies have unveiled it’s unique ability to improve our metabolism of sugar.
One of the oldest spices known to man and used for medicinal purposes for years. There are two types of cinnamon; Cassia and Ceylon. Both very fragrant but Ceylon is little more subtle in flavour if you’re not keen on the taste. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of cinnamon have lead to its widespread use in treating numerous health conditions for decades. However, it is now been recognised as an excellent aid to blood sugar regulation.
Cinnamon stimulates insulin receptors in the body increasing our cells ability to utilise glucose rather than storing it as fat. For those who suffer from Type II diabetes or if you store weight around the stomach and waist area it’s an indication of poor blood sugar managment, in which case cinnamon is an essential addition to your daily diet.
Here are a few suggestions on how to spice up your diet with cinnamon:
- Add a teaspoon to protein shakes – works best with chocolate or vanilla flavour.
- Add to tea or coffee to help control the impact of caffeine on blood sugar levels.
- Sprinkle a teaspoon on pancakes, check out our Fitter Pancakes Recipe.
- Sprinkle over roasted butternut squash or mashed sweet potato once cooked.
- Place cinnamon stick in cup of warm milk (preferably raw milk, almond or coconut milk).
- Sprinkle over warm, stewed fruits. blackcurrant, apple and cinnamon is great winter warming combination.