When I was studying to become a Nutritional Therapist, one of my final assignments was on cinnamon and its effects, so I thought I would share some insights with you, especially in regards to how it can help you lose weight.
The use of cinnamon in Diabetes type 2 has been long established with many scientific studies supporting its use to help regulate blood sugar levels. To me, it is fascinating that this dried, curled up piece of tree bark can have such a powerful effect, and that the use of herbs and spices are often overlooked in a clinical settings.
There are two main types of cinnamon; Ceylon and Cassia. The most common type likely to be found in your local supermarket is Cassia; also known as Chinese Cinnamon. Ceylon is sometimes referred to as “true cinnamon” which is grown in Sri Lanka. Each type come from a slightly different tree and we know a lot more about Cassia; maybe because it is easier to obtain.
Cinnamon has been shown to reduce some of the bad effects of eating high-fat foods when used as part of an overall healthy eating, weight loss plan. Its effect on blood glucose levels can also help your body ultimately lose weight.
It is the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of cinnamon that can provide additional help to those trying to lose weight by promoting blood sugar balance which can prevent snacking and overeating.
It’s important to note that cinnamon alone will not lead to long-term weight loss. But, it might be beneficial to add cinnamon to your healthy diet to help you reach your weight loss goal.
One teaspoon of cinnamon contains 1.6 grams of fibre, which can help you reach your daily fibre goal and increase a feeling of fullness at meals. Cinnamon used in diabetic studies was shown to slow the release of sugar from food in the stomach into the bloodstream, this delayed response results in a longer feeling of satiety and prevents a drop in blood sugar which can sometimes lead to sugar cravings.
Adding cinnamon to smoothies, hot drinks, porridge, sprinkled over fruit might be something worth adding. I often add cinnamon to hot water along with sliced ginger and lemon for a lovely, warming drink between meals.
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