Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Can Cinnamon Help You Lose Weight?

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If you want to know why I always add cinnamon to my oatmeal, it's because cinnamon can encourage weight loss and is beneficial in helping regulate blood sugar.

I recently read an article about cinnamon and weight loss By carolyn_ on a blog called Healthy EatingI have always known that spices are good for you, and that many spices are loaded with antioxidants and could be viewed as natures little pharmacy. Cinnamon, it turns out,  is certainly one of those spices. 

The following is a small excerpt from the article on Healthy Eating. There is additional information in the article that you might like to view.

"Cinnamon and Weight Loss
A recent report speaks to the health benefits of cinnamon as a miracle spice that has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant, as well as cancer-fighting and cholesterol-lowering effects. However, the amount of clinically controlled trials to corroborate cinnamon’s effect on humans is scant. 

One such study of Type 2 diabetes patients showed profound effects on the levels of fasting blood glucose and an added weight loss perk to boot. The double blind, randomized trial assigned participants to a three-grams-per-day cinnamon supplement for eight weeks.

 Though there were no significant differences in baseline characteristics, dietary intake and physical activity between groups, when compared to placebo, those who took the supplements saw a reduction in weight, BMI and body fat mass which all decreased significantly compared to baseline. Other study findings include:
  • A ½ teaspoon of cinnamon a day can help lower LDL, your "bad" cholesterol.
  • Cinnamon can be used as a natural preservative, inhibiting bacterial growth and food spoilage.
  • Cinnamon is a natural cure for headaches and migraines, and may lower fever.
  • The smell of cinnamon alone can boost your cognitive function and memory. "

The article also stated that 2 teaspoons of cinnamon has 2.5 gms of fiber, which is a great way to add fiber to foods. It's no secret that  fiber and weight loss go hand in hand.

Oatmeal and Cinnamon are a great team!

Cinnamon and blackberry Overnight Oatmeal

Cinnamon and Oatmeal Pancake

                                             Cinnamon and apples taste great together. 
Roasted Apples and Cinnamon
                     These cookies were posted by a  blogger friend who has a great website called  
                                                             Sweet and Healthy Living
Cinnamon Maple Spice Cookies ( vegan )                 

Don't stop with just cinnamon. All spices are full of potent antioxidants, and studies are finding that spices provide protective and health giving properties. Remember spices like turmeric, cumin, oregano, basil, etc.a little powerhouses and there are lots of ways to add these to foods. 


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  1. I love cinnamon. I add it to most of my baked goods and some vegetables and meats.

    Here is the potato Rosti. I found it online. If you want to check out Donna Hay recipes, just do a search and you will find tons. They are easy and yummy.

    Potato Rosti

    4 roasting potatoes.
    1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
    1 1/2 teaspoons thyme leaves
    kosher salt and cracked pepper

    Preheat the oven to 400F. Using a sharp vegetable peeler, but the potato into long, thin strips. Toss the potato strips with the oil, Parmesan, thyme, salt and pepper. Place the mixture in six piles on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

    1. Thanks so much for sending me this recipe. I have a "eggfree" friend who is visiting for the holidays and will most grateful

  2. We love Cinnamon and I use it in so many different dishes. Great Post! Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Cinnamon can be so amazing but you have to have the right cinnamon! Most on the market are a cheap cinnamon that is actually harmful in high quantities. You need to make sure it is a 'true' cinnamon...a Ceylon cinnamon (cinnamomum verum) not cinnamomum cassia.


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