cinnamon and star anise with red and white christmas balls on wood

The holiday baking season is officially upon us!  Cinnamon is a popular spice that flavors MANY holiday favorites such as gingerbread, pumpkin pie, and even cinnamon rolls.  But did you know that Cinnamon is incredibly healthy for us maybe even a superfood spice! Don’t wait for a piece of pumpkin pie to indulge in this amazing warm zesty spice!  Try to have some everyday!  I add it to my coffee, oatmeal, and smoothies and my kiddos love it sprinkled on sprouted toast with coconut oil or in homemade hot cocoa.

Here are 10 amazing health facts about cinnamon you probably did not know!

  1. Its a high source of antioxidants
  2. Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  3. Protects your heart health
  4. Fights diabetes
  5. Protects brain function
  6. Fights infection and viruses
  7. Protects dental health and freshens breath naturally
  8. Can help prevent candida
  9. Benefits skin health
  10. Helps fight allergies

Your Guide to Cinnamon:

Vietnamese-Vietnamese cinnamon has a distinctly sweet flavor and an exceptionally high volatile oil content. Gourmet cooks rate it as the highest quality cinnamon in the world.

Ceylon-Ceylon cinnamon is subtle, has a delicate and nuanced flavor, smells very mild and is slightly sweet.  This cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka.

Korintje-Korintje is most commonly used in commercial bakeries and has an intense reddish-brown color and sharp cinnamon flavor; korintje gels with water making it perfect for sticky buns.

Cassia-Cassia, or Chinese cinnamon, is mostly grown in China and is very strong and spicy.  It’s the most common cinnamon sold in grocery stores.

Not just this holiday season but everyday sprinkle a little cinnamon on and reap the amazing health benefits it has to offer!

Be Well! 🙂

Susie R.