Cinnamon Facts..What You Should Know About This Spice of Life!
Cinnamon facts...Do you agree that there is something magical about cinnamon?
I have yet to meet someone who does not like its unique warm, distinctive flavor. The culinary uses for cinnamon are many, however did you know just how much of a
that cinnamon is?
In fact, in the 'spice'league tables of antioxidant levels, cinnamon is near the very top, and it is even higher than many
One teaspoon of cinnamon will deliver as much antioxidant power as a full cup of
or a half-cup of
Cinnamon Facts..Cinnamon Health Benefits
Having been used for many many centuries as a treatment in traditional medicine, it has been shown to help in the treatment of...
- High Cholesterol
- Memory Function
It is believed that, when added to foods, cinnamon can inhibit the growth of dangerous E. coli bacteria.
Herbalists have been extolling the virtues of cinnamon and are fully aware of its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral effects for a long time.
Cinnamon has also been ued for the treatment of stomach upsets, vomiting, and even to reduce cold and flu symptoms.
Got a sore throat? Add some cinnamon to a dash of honey and lemon drink will soothe and ease your throat.
Cinnamon, taken in tea form is great for easing menstrual cramps as it is an antispasmodic.
Interesting Cinnamon Facts
The ancient Egyptians were very creative with cinnamon, not only did they use it for a rich flavouring in food and beverages, they also even used it in the enbalming process.
The ancient Romans used cinnamon on funeral pyres. Nero supposedly burnt a years supply of cinnamon at his wife's funeral. This was to demonstrate just how much his grief was.
There are only 12 calories in two teaspoons of cinnamon.
Cinnamon gets is wonderful smell or scent and flavour from a chemical compound called cinna-maldehyde
Cinnamon is even mentioned in the Bible. In the book of Exodus 30: 22-23 where Moses was given instructions by God to make a holy anointing oil from cinnamon,
hemp and myrrh.
It was also mentioned in the Chinese writings dating right back to 2800 BC.
Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon is where true cinnamon comes from. It is known as Ceylon Cinnamon. Normally only found in specialty stores, it uses only the inner bark, which is thinner. This makes true cinnamon less dense and more crumbly in texture.
Cinnamon is actually a tree known as Cinnamomum verum. It belongs to the Lauraceae or Laurel family. The actual spice comes from the bark of that tree.
Ground cinnamon has quite a lengthy shelf life, about 6 months whereas the sticks can keep up to a year providing they are stored correctly. Storing it in the refrigerator will prolong its life even further.
Cinnamon is yet another real gift courtesy of Mother Nature.
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