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Cinnamon spice is obtained from inner bark derived from dozens of evergreen trees belongs to genus Cinnamomum. Used mainly as aromatic and flavoring agent in sweet and savory dishes, tea and traditional foods. It contains good combination of carbohydrates, vitamins, fat, protein, minerals and water.

Types of cinnamon
There are hundred types of Cinnamon but four main types are discussed over here i.e., Ceylon, Cassia, Saigon and Korintje. Ceylon and Cassia both are the most common used. They are identified on the basis of color taste, appearance and aroma.

  • Ceylon cinnamon or True cinnamon from cinnamon tree
  • Cassia cinnamon from cassia tree

Type one Ceylon cinnamon or True cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum, also called Cinnamomum verum) from cinnamon tree.

Sri Lanka and India are the best producers of Ceylon cinnamon also known as true cinnamon. Its quills are soft and can be easily grinded, that’s why it is more expensive than others.

  • Cassia cinnamon from cassia tree

North America is the best seller of Cassia cinnamon. This type of cinnamon is less expensive. It is dark in color and quills are comparatively harder than others. Unlike Ceylon cinnamon, it is difficult to ground the quills China is the largest producer of this verity in the world.  

Which is the best type?

Both Ceylon and Cassia are healthy and delicious but the use of Cassia cinnamon is the most common of all.

Medicinal uses:
It has powerful medicinal properties as an Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, recesses the risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar level, and use as a powerful ant diabetic agent because of its beneficial effect on insulin resistance.  It protects against cancer by reducing the growth of cancerous cell. It also helpful against bacterial and fungal infections.

How much cinnamon should take?
Because of its unproven treatment the exact quantity is not known, however some experts suggests 2 to 4 grams of its powder in a day

Nutritional Values:
Each 1 tsp (2.61 g) of cinnamon contains:

Nutrient Amount in 1 tsp (2.6 g) Daily Value
Calories 7 kcal  
Carbs 2.2 g 2.2%
Fiber 1.5 g 5.1%
Protein 0.1 g 0%
Fat 0 g 0%
Vitamin K 0.9 mcg 1.2%
Calcium 26.2 mg 3.3%
Iron 0.23 mg 1.1%
Manganese 0.53 mg 23.4%

Common Uses:
Cinnamon is most delicious spice on the planet; it is used as ingredient in cakes and cookies, cobbler’s puddings and other desserts.

Also sprinkle over an apple crisp and apple pie, add it in to sugar as cinnamon sugar, sprinkle on cereal, doughnuts, breads and muffins.

Side effects:
Some peoples are allergic to its components so it can cause allergy. High quantity can cause irritation and allergy in mouth and lips, high quantity cause toxicity in liver and diabetic patients. Talk to your doctor before its use if you are on other medications.

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