Secrets to Spice up Your Recipes – Cinammon
“ 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.
- 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
Prudent ways to use Cinnamon;
- A dash of cinnamon powder in tea or coffee can add taste and health as well.
- Sprinkle cinnamon powder on the oatmeal porridge.
- 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.
- Cakes, muffins, bread and cookies baked using cinnamon powder has a distinct flavor and taste.
- 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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