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Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavoring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savory dishes, breakfast cereals, snack foods, tea, and traditional foods. As a spice, cinnamon is available in powder form or whole, as pieces of bark. Whether it’s sprinkled atop a steaming pumpkin spice latte, dropped as a curl of bark into a hot wintertime cider, or featured in an aromatic, freshly baked apple pie, cinnamon has the power to evoke a degree of nostalgia and luxury that few other spices can match. Since ancient times, the fragrant spice has delighted palates, influenced the fate of nations, and been hailed for its supposed medicinal properties. Extracts from the bark as well as leaves, flowers, fruits, and roots of the cinnamon tree have also been used in traditional medicine around the world for thousands of years. It’s used in cooking and baking and is added to many foods. There are four major types of cinnamon. Darker-colored cassia cinnamon is the one most commonly sold in the United States. It’s grown in southeastern Asia. Ceylon cinnamon, also known as true cinnamon, is frequently used in other countries. The cinnamon you buy at the store could be one of the two main types, Ceylon or cassia, or a mixture of both. Ceylon is easier to grind but it may not have the same health benefits.
Cinnamon can be linked to various health benefits due to the presence of many compounds in it, including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamate, and cinnamic acid. These compounds give cinnamon its anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon also reduces the risk of cancer, heart attacks, atherosclerosis, inflammatory disease, and may promote weight loss, among other benefits. It can also prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels and promotes wound healing. In addition, cinnamon has also been used for various skin conditions. It’s high in cinnamaldehyde, which is thought to be responsible for most of cinnamon’s health benefits. Cinnamon contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants. The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower your risk of disease. Cinnamon may improve some key risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Cinnamon has been shown to significantly increase sensitivity to the hormone insulin. Cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels, having a potent anti-diabetic effect at 1–6 grams or 0.5–2 teaspoons per day. Cinnamaldehyde, one of the main active components of cinnamon, may help fight various kinds of infection. Cinnamaldehyde has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath.
How to enjoy Cinnamon
Cinnamon is harvested from the peels of the inner bark of a Cinnamomum tree. The peels are left out to dry and curl up naturally into quills, also known as cinnamon sticks. The quills can then be ground into powder or processed to make cinnamon oil, cinnamon extract, and other cinnamon products. There are many popularly enjoyed forms of cinnamon.
Quills - Rolled-up pieces of cinnamon bark are great for steeping in a cup of tea, coffee, or hot cider, or throw them into a slow cooker with meat. The true cinnamon variety of quills are known as Ceylon sticks. Powder - Ground cinnamon bark is the most popular form of cinnamon in kitchen cabinets, and is popular to incorporate into breakfast foods like oats. Essential Oil - Oils made from the bark, leaves, and root bark of the cinnamon tree are used for their fragrance, flavor, and supposed medicinal properties. Cinnamaldehyde, which gives cinnamon its taste, is the main chemical compound derived from cinnamon bark oil. Extract - This solution is made by soaking cinnamon sticks in ethanol alcohol, removing the solids, and then using the remaining liquid for flavoring.
Ceylon vs. Cassia — Not All Cinnamon Is Created Equal
Cassia tends to be a dark brown-red color with thicker sticks and a rougher texture than Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is considered lower quality. It is very cheap and is the type most commonly consumed around the world. Almost all cinnamon found in supermarkets is the cassia variety. Ceylon is tan-brown in color and contains many tight sticks with soft layers. These features provide a highly desirable quality and texture. Ceylon cinnamon is less common and has long been prized as a cooking spice. It is quite expensive compared to the more common cassia variety. It’s described as having a delicate and mildly sweet flavor suitable for desserts. Approximately 50–63% of its essential oil is cinnamaldehyde, which is quite low compared to cassia. This explains its milder aroma and flavor.
How Do You Cook or Bake With Cinnamon? Tips and Cinnamon Recipe Ideas
Cinnamon sticks can impart flavor to a dish or sauce during the cooking process and then be discarded before serving. Ground cinnamon can be mixed into foods or sprinkled atop baked goods, desserts, savory dishes, and beverages. Used sparingly, cinnamon extract can liven all manner of dishes. The possibilities are endless!
- Make your own Honey Granola, spiced just right.
- Indulge yourself by whipping up a batch of Nutty Date cookies, with a touch of cinnamon.
- Enjoy the pumpkin without the pie and make Cinnamon-Baked Pumpkin as a simple, healthy treat!
- Experience the savory side of cinnamon by baking Winter Squash and Chicken Tzimmes (a Passover-friendly dish that is perfect for a Seder meal).
- When the weather turns chilly, grab the cinnamon sticks and warm up with an Alcohol-Free Hot Toddy.
Can Cinnamon Help With Weight Loss?
Cinnamon acts in multiple ways to keep weight off. For one thing, it is a well-known anti-diabetic spice. It can help lower and maintain blood sugar levels. Also, it helps improve cell sensitivity to the action of the hormone insulin, which transports glucose from the blood into the cell to be used as energy. Cinnamon can also aid in blocking the activity of many digestive enzymes, thus slowing the absorption of sugar from the blood after eating a high-carbohydrate meal. Aside from diabetes, cinnamon has shown promise in promoting weight loss. Cinnamon is high in fiber. The spice can therefore help reduce food cravings by promoting a feeling of satiety and fullness. Cinnamon can boost metabolism since the body uses more energy to process the spice than it does for other foods. Cinnamon may have an insulin-like action in the body, which is seen in the way sugar is broken down in the body. Cinnamon can also improve body metabolism, targeting the fat deposited in the abdominal area. Cinnamon can help weight loss in many ways. For instance, research says that cinnamon supplementation can result in a significant improvement in all components of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic comprises multiple conditions existing simultaneously, like insulin resistance, high blood pressure, increased coagulation risk, and abnormal cholesterol levels. Many of these individuals are also obese or overweight.
A teaspoon of ground cinnamon (2.6 grams) contains about 2.1 grams of carbohydrates, 26 mg of calcium, 2 mg of magnesium, 2 mg of phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin K.
Cinnamon in different Languages
Cinnamon in Hindi is Dalchini, in Tamil is Ilavaṅkappaṭṭai, in Malayalam is kaṟuvappaṭṭa
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Magadha Vana promotes intercropping techniques where ones' excess is utilized for another need. Intercropping is a technique that is very useful if one wants to develop a food forest with cash crops. With the intercropping technic, we understand which crop can benefit from which all crops, carefully study the dynamics, and plant them. This technique has conserved us space and expenditure of spending on manure for all individual crops. We also nurture a variety of flora & fauna species that are indigenous to western ghats. Our farm which is spread over 6 acres resides between a village and a nature reserve overlooking the western ghats bringing out a perfect transition from a plantation to forestry. At Magadha Vana, under the canopy of Arecanut, we have planted, cacao, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, coffee, betel leaves, plantain, langsat, Jamaican allspice, and avocado. Arecanut being our primary cash crop also provides ample shade, canopy, and support for many spices and fruit trees which love the shade.