Food of the week: Cinnamon

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Here’s this week’s Food of the Week post from my nutritionist : Cinnamon!

This old-world spice usually reaches most people’s stomachs only when it’s mixed with sugar and stuck to a roll. However….
Why it’s healthy:  Cinnamon helps control your blood sugar, which influences your risk of heart disease. In fact, USDA researchers found that people with type-2 diabetes who consumed 1 g of cinnamon a day for 6 weeks (about 1/4 teaspoon each day) significantly reduced not only their blood sugar but also their triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Credit the spice’s active ingredients, methylhydroxychalcone polymers, which increase your cells’ ability to metabolize sugar by up to 20 times.
How to eat it:  You don’t need the fancy oils and extracts sold at vitamin stores; just sprinkle ground cinnamon on your oatmeal, in yogurt, tea, coffee. Don’t forget to throw a stick or two in your vegetable stew with other warm spices for a Moroccan twist.

Have some yummy cinnamon this week!

~Vallie

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