Friday, 5 November 2010

Cinnamon, spice and all things nice

I love the smell and taste of cinnamon, it's so wintery and comforting. Cinnamon also has lots of health giving properties and like nuts and seeds is easy to add in to your regular diet making it an obvious choice for my superfood list.

The main benefit is that it helps regulate blood sugar levels and stave off sugar and carbohydrate cravings and it's also a mild anticoagulant (thins the blood). These effects are so well documented that Nutritional therapists have to exercise caution in recommending cinnamon for individuals on blood pressure lowering and diabetes drugs.

Cinnamon can be sprinkled on coffee, muesli or breakfast cereal, stirred into yoghurt, porridge and stewed fruit, cooked into cakes, biscuits and breads and even added to savoury dishes such as chilli con carne or bologneise to add extra depth to the flavour.

If you're a sugar fiend then add it to any foods to which you usually add sugar to make it easier to wean yourself off.

If cinnamon doesn't take your fancy, nutmeg, turmeric and cloves are also warming spices rich in flavour and beneficial for health.

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