Cinnamon is a spice used in a huge amount of both sweet and savoury dishes. It comes from the bark of a tree native to tropical and subtropical countries. Cinnamon after harvesting cinnamon needs to be dried. As it dries the cinnamon bark curls up into long brown sticks it can be sold like this or ground into a powder. Cinnamon has a distinctly warm, aromatic flavour its great in baked goods, mulled wine or even sprinkled with sugar over some buttered toast.
Cinnamon can also be used as a natural preservative.
There are about 247 calories per 100 grams of cinnamon.
Cinnamon doesn’t just taste good, it also has a lot of health benefits. It also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial and immunity-boosting properties.
The antioxidants found in cinnamon can help to neutralize damaging free radicals. It can also help restrict the build-up of nitric oxide which can lead to, cancer, heart disease and some brain disorders. These antioxidants can also help reduce inflammation and swelling in the body. This can help with muscle tenderness, relieve allergy symptoms and even reduce menstrual pains.