• Nitika Mehra

Most Delicious And Healthiest Spice Cinnamon With Long History In Traditional Medicine

Updated: Jun 13

Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices that has a long history of use in traditional medicine as a digestive system aide.. Cinnamon is used as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snackfoods, tea and traditional foods. It has been used as an ingredient throughout history, dating back as far as Ancient Egypt. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits.



Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. It is an evergreen tree characterized by oval-shaped leaves, thick bark, and a berry fruit. When harvesting the spice, the bark and leaves are the primary parts of the plant used. Cinnamon is cultivated by growing the tree for two years, then coppicing it, i.e., cutting the stems at ground level. The following year, about a dozen new shoots form from the roots, replacing those that were cut. In 2016, Indonesia and China produced 75% of the world's supply of cinnamon.


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Most Delicious And Healthiest Spice Cinnamon With Long History In Traditional Medicine

Cinnamon is well known for its blood-sugar-lowering properties. First, cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream after a meal. Second, a compound in cinnamon can act on cells by mimicking insulin. This greatly improves glucose uptake by your cells, though it acts much slower than insulin itself.


Cinnamon is also used as a flavouring in some alcoholic beverages, such as cinnamon-flavoured whiskey in the United States, and rakomelo, a cinnamon brandy popular in parts of Greece. But a systematic review of adverse events resulted from cinnamon use reported gastrointestinal disorders and allergic reactions as the most frequent reported side effects.



Ground cinnamon is composed of around 11% water, 81% carbohydrates (including 53% dietary fiber), 4% protein, and 1% fat. In a 100 gram reference amount, ground cinnamon is a rich source of calcium, iron, and vitamin K.


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Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy1,035 kJ (247 kcal)

Carbohydrates 80.6 g

Sugars 2.2 g

Dietary fiber 53.1 g

Fat 1.2 g

Protein 4 g

Water10.6 g

Vitamin A 15 μg

Thiamine (B1) 0.02 mg

Riboflavin (B2) 0.04 mg

Niacin (B3) 1.33 mg

Vitamin B6 0.16 mg

Folate (B9) 6 μg

Vitamin C 3.8 mg

Vitamin E 2.3 mg

Calcium 1002 mg


Vitamin K 31.2 μg

Iron 8.3 mg

Magnesium 60 mg

Phosphorus 64 mg

Potassium 431 mg

Sodium 10 mg

Zinc 1.8 mg

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