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17 August 2010 7 Comments
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Cinnamon Quills

It’s the ultimate in good nutrition news, when adding a favorite ingredient increases the health benefits of the foods we’re already enjoying” Said nutrition expert Wendy Bazillian.

And Cinnamon holds this saying true to the last word. Cinnamon is a spice that can act as a medicine too apart from giving aromatic flavors to the cooked dishes.

Composition:  Cinnamon is a bark of cinnamon tree, which is scraped out and is given a shape of quill or small tubular log. These are normally dark brown in color and have a typical strong scent, which can be inhaled from quite a distance.

These bark are further powdered to give us the famous cinnamon powder we use in our baking and other forms of cooking. It imparts a warm and soothing taste to the baked goodies.

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Cinnamon Tea

Health Benefits;

  • Research has shown that just ½ tsp. of cinnamon can lower bad cholesterol or LDL.
  • Cinnamon has an anti clotting effect on the blood.
  • This spice is rich in many Phytochemicals such as carotenoids, flavonoids etc. require to control many life threatening disease.
  • It has a very good source of other minerals too. Iron, manganese are a few.
  • Helps control the blood sugar levels and hence type 2 Diabetes also.
  • It increases the memory and activates the functions of brain.
  • Cinnamon is a very good preservative and increases the shelf life of the cooked or baked food. It inhibits the bacterial growth in the food.
  • Cinnamon tea is a very good home remedy for cold and cough. The essential oil in it plays the trick
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Cinnamon Cake

Prudent ways to use Cinnamon;

  1. A dash of cinnamon powder in tea or coffee can add taste and health as well.
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon powder on the oatmeal porridge.
  3. Cinnamon toast is a great idea for a healthy breakfast. Toast a buttered whole wheat bread slice with a dash of honey and cinnamon powder on it.
  4. Cakes, muffins, bread and cookies baked using cinnamon powder has a distinct flavor and taste.
  5. Curd or Yogurt can be transformed into an instant dessert with a tsp of honey, any flavored syrup and a dash of cinnamon powder.

Hope to hear more on Cinnamon from all of you. Add your bits of information on this mighty spice called Cinnamon.

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7 Comments »

  • Swathi said:

    Nice info on and use of cinnamon Sanjeeta.

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    Thanks for listing the benefits here. It is nice to know your spices. I love a dash of cinnamon in almost anything 🙂

  • drparul said:

    it will be gr8 for me experimenting with cinnamon powder..with lot of things in the coming seasons…i like the flavor usually.

  • drparul said:

    it will be nice experimenting with c’mon powder in the coming season….i like the flavor and aroma of it.

  • Priti said:

    Hi Sanjita ,

    Its very interesting the way you are giving information about all different things that goes into our elobarate Indian cooking , Hats off to all your efforts .

    Cinnamon powder if taken with warm water and honey in the morning empty stomach helps in our menopausal promblems of mood swings and flushes specially.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Priti, thanks for liking the articles. In the process I am also learning many things and improving upon my cooking for healthy living.
    Thanks again for visiting and writing your views about Cinnamon on Lite Bite. Hope to get to know many more of such info. from you too.
    Best wishes, take care.

  • T.S.SUNDARAM said:

    CINNAMON POWDER.

    It is said that those who had an Heart attack,if they use regularly Cinnamon and Honey mixture or paste on bread slice instead of butter and cheese,they can ward off clotting of blood.

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