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Spice Up Your Life: Cinnamon

Kayla Reynolds, MS

Not only does cinnamon add a sprinkle of sweetness to any dish, it also adds a dash of health benefits.

Cinnamon is typically celebrated for its antioxidant properties. In lab studies, several chemicals in this spice have been shown to bind to free radicals – toxic molecules in our bodies that are responsible for aging, cellular damage, promoting disease.

Similar lab studies also show that certain compounds in cinnamon can help reduce total and LDL (or bad) cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and increase insulin sensitivity and balance blood sugar levels,.

Because of this, cinnamon often makes the cut when we’re talking about superfoods. Regardless, of whether cinnamon will cure your ailments, I think it’s safe to say that you have nothing to lose by spicing up your diet.

Consider these 20 recipes a kickstart to getting your cinnamon buds swirlin’: