Food of the Month: Cinnamonful
Care of Amy Symington
Surely something this good must be bad for you? Not in this super spice’s case. Smoothies, pancakes, nuts, curry, Moroccan stew, jerked tofu, rolls, sticky buns, puddings, and tea – cinnamon is the master of all things spiced.
It has a sharp and spicy, but woody, sweet aroma and flavour that is used worldwide in almost every culture on our great planet. Whether it is sweet or savoury cuisine, cinnamon plays no favourites and can star in or simply enhance appetizers, entrees, sides or dismal desserts alike.
Besides being the most infamous spice for its potent characteristics, cinnamon has a grocery list long of health benefits. It is filled to the brim with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and weight loss powers. Ka-pow! One teeny teaspoon of this ground glory has the equivalent antioxidant level to that of ½ cup of nutritiously acclaimed blueberries, helping to keep evil diseases at bay. Its anti-inflammatory properties also ward off serious ailments such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease while simultaneously combating annoyances like pesky allergies and pain or stiffness in muscles and joints. Studies have shown cinnamon and other super spices in a heroic light, testifying that they promote satiety and the boosting of metabolisms, which in turn aids in the battle of the bulge. Don’t forget that when your food packs a flavourful punch you don’t feel the need to add any additional fat, sugar or salt to be satisfied.
On top of these victories, cinnamon also comes to the rescue with everyday ailments as well. Over many centuries (particularly in Chinese medicine), nausea, diarrhea, colds and digestive issues have been said to fall victim to cinnamon’s wrath. And it doesn’t stop there. As of late, research is underway to prove that cinnamon aids in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels.
Although commonly overlooked due to its “normalcy,” cinnamon is a super food in disguise. Sprinkle some in your smoothie, coat your nuts in it, throw it into your savoury sauces and always make room for it in your breakfast treats, baked goodies and desserts!