You want cinnamon in your spice cabinet! I couldn’t live without it. It is a staple at home and I have a jar in my desk at work. You never know when you’ll need to sprinkle it on a big scoop of almond butter and dip some dark chocolate in it!
Not only does cinnamon add flavor without adding sugar but it is extremely healthy. It’s main claim to fame is helping control blood sugar, which is a huge deal for everyone. It may also slow tumor growth and help control cholesterol.
I buy cinnamon in a 1 lb. bag. I know that sounds crazy but it is cheaper to buy in bulk and I used a lot when I was making smoothies everyday. (We will chat about smoothies another day.)
But one main reason I buy in bulk is because Ceylon cinnamon is better for you than Cassia. Ceylon is considered “true cinnamon”. It is less common and known more as a cooking spice. Cassia is lower quality and very cheap. It also contains a lot of coumarin, which can be toxic in large quantities. Cassia is what is commonly sold in stores and probably what you have in your cabinet.
If it isn’t labeled “Ceylon”, it’s Cassia.
I found this organic ceylon cinnamon on walmart.com for $7.18. That is pricier than regular cinnamon but I believe it is worth the cost. If you use a lot you can order the 1 lb bag off amazon for $14.00 and refill your container.
This cinnamon from target is organic, but not Ceylon. You really want it to be both.
I’m not one of those people who has to have everything organic. I pick and choose what I get organic because it is more expensive and not always worth the cost. But I do get organic ceylon cinnamon. Non-organic cinnamon is usually irradiated — which is the process of killing bacteria using of gamma rays. This method is still new to the food industry and still undergoing many tests about the effect it has on food. It is said to have a negative effect on the Vitamin C and antioxidant levels in cinnamon, so stick with organic!
Tips for use:
-Add cinnamon to your oatmeal
-Sprinkle on a banana or apple before adding peanut or almond butter
-Add to your coffee or even coffee grounds for some flavor!