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Secrets To Using the Right Cinnamon The celebrations of Fall are upon us like Thanksgiving and Halloween which means that the single most used spice in North America, Cinnamon, is going to come back to the front of the queue in our spice cupboards (if it isn’t there already!). This warming, sweet and delicious spice is known for its help with balancing blood sugar levels, lowering cholesterol and being an anti-bacterial but are you using the right one to reap all of these benefits?

Cassia v Ceylon Most (cheaper) cinnamons on the market are grown from the Cassia plant but there is a mountain of difference between this type of cinnamon and what is known as Ceylon or True Cinnamon. The difference is all in a flavouring component found in both called coumarin. Studies have consistently found that Cassia cinnamon (usually from Vietnam, Indonesia and other Asian countries) has significantly more coumarin level than Ceylon or True Cinnamon. A study conducted by the Federal Institute of Risk Assessment in Germany found that on average, cassia cinnamon contained upto 63 times more coumarin that Ceylon or True Cinnamon.

Why is Cassia so bad for you? Here’s the headline: Coumarin in high doses can cause liver damage and potential blood clot-

ting issues. Sadly, you only need a little bit of Cassia to reach your tolerable daily limit (TDI). A more recent study in Germany found that, for an adult with a body weight of 60 kg, the TDI is reached, if 2 g of Cassia cinnamon with average coumarin content are consumed per day. For an infant with a body weight of 15 kg, this is the case if 0.5 g of Cassia cinnamon with average coumarin content is consumed per day. In addition, while Cassia is naturally cheaper than True or Ceylon Cinnamon, some companies still go onto to add cottonseed or other additives to the cinnamon so even when you think you’re buying a single ingredient spice, you’re not…Shocking…I know! Cont... Sixth Edition -

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