I’ve wanted to do a post about the health benefits of cinnamon for a long time, purely because I have an odd obsession with putting that brown powder on anything and everything. To justify my excess consumption of cinnamon, there are some awesome health benefits as to why we should be adding cinnamon to foods!
- Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. (source) Especially in America, we are bombarded with greasy, fatty, processed foods left and right. There has to be a McDonald’s on atleast every street, luring people in under the big golden arches. Even as I strive to live a healthy lifestyle and eat clean, I can’t resist a home-grilled burger when I’m presented with one. I’m not innocent of ordering some fries (especially sweet potato ones!) or some fried food every once in a while either. All of the grease causes our organs to swell up, which increases the risk for heart disease. Even those who live a very healthy lifestyle can still be at a high risk for heart disease, so why not throw a few teaspoons of cinnamon into the diet everyday?
- Cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels. (source) Diabetes is a rapidly growing concern in our country, specifically in kids. Because of diet and lack of exercise, kids are getting Type 2 Diabetes more and more often-a disease that’s known to attack adults. A couple studies have shown that eating a small amount of cinnamon everyday can lower blood sugar levels and the “bad” cholesterol levels. So even if you don’t have diabetes, it still reduces the cholesterol levels in our arteries that can also lead to cardiovascular disease.
- Smelling cinnamon can increase alertness and brain function. (source) Enough said. I’m really into the whole “always-working-the-brain-in-crazy-ways-to-prevent-Alzheimer’s” thing. Sudoku, reading, cinnamon…Even if this isn’t true, cinnamon smells heavenly and it does you no harm, so why not?!
- Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants. Just read the back of this box. The amount of antioxidants in a teaspoon of cinnamon is comparable to a cup of blueberries and strawberries. How much easier and cheaper is it to add some cinnamon to a bowl of cereal rather than buying berries, as much as we all love berries?
I’m sure there are many more benefits, so if the taste and smell of cinnamon alone doesn’t reel you in, now you have some justifications as to why cinnamon is so beneficial! So go! Pour yourself a big bowl of cereal and dump a can of cinnamon on there.