Cinnamon is taken from the inner bark of the various trees of the genus Cinnamomum belonging to the family Lauraceae.


True cinnamon that is Cinnamomum Vernum is native to Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.  Cinnamomum Cassia is native to China.

Cinnamon gives a unique aroma and is a little bit sweet and spicy in flavor. It is widely used in culinary and baking as an ingredient.

Commonly known as

Cinnamon is commonly known as daalcheene in India.

LanguageNameWritten as
ArabicQarfaقرفة
BengaliDāruciniদারুচিনি
GujaratiTajaતજ
Hindidaalacheeneeदालचीनी
KannadaDālcinniದಾಲ್ಚಿನ್ನಿ
Malayalamkaṟuvaകറുവ
MarathiDālacinīदालचिनी
TamilIlavaṅkappaṭṭai
இலவங்கப்பட்டை
TeluguDālcina cekkaదాల్చిన చెక్క
PunjabiDālacīnīਦਾਲਚੀਨੀ
UrduDaarchineeدار چینی
SanskritsiMhala-dArusitAसिंहल-दारुसिता

Nutritional Value

Nutritional value per 100 gm

  • Carbohydrates: 27%
  • Potassium: 12%
  • Protein: 8%
  • Vitamin A: 5%
  • Calcium: 100%
  • Vitamin C: 6%
  • Iron: 46%
  • Vitamin B: 10%
  • Magnesium: 15%

Source: fdc.nal.usda.gov

Benefits

Not just for its delicious and unique flavor but cinnamon is also praised for its medical properties.

Anti-Oxidant

Cinnamon contains a high level of polyphenol. Polyphenol is a substance that reduces the number of free radicals in our body that causes damage to our body cells.

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation, even though good for your body, can damage if it’s chronic. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory effects and helps reduce the risk of diseases.

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

According to some studies, cinnamon has been proved to reduce the risk of heart disease, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Can Lower Blood Sugar Level

Cinnamon interferes with the digestive enzymes in our body and thus, reduces the amount of glucose entering your body. Hence, an insulin-like effect is induced in your body. Though it is slower than insulin.

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

May Protects Against Cancer

Cinnamon helps by reducing the growth of cancer cells. Thus effective in preventing cancer. Though the studies are limited to animals.

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

Does cinnamon help reduce belly fat?

Cinnamon helps you lose the abdominal organ’s fat.

Is cinnamon good for your stomach?

Cinnamon is good for the stomach as it helps with the digestion.

Can cinnamon lower blood pressure?

Yes. Cinnamon may bring your blood pressure down.

Source: pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

What is the difference between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon?

Ceylon cinnamon or true cinnamon originates from Sri Lanka or Ceylon as per its name. Whereas, Cassia cinnamon is native to China. Also, another difference is in their taste. Cassia cinnamon is stronger and hotter in taste. And Ceylon cinnamon is lighter and brighter.

What is cinnamon made of?

Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of a Cinnamomum tree. Also, the inner bark’s strips are taken and they curl into rolls once dried.

Is cinnamon anti-biotic?

Cinnamon due possess anti-biotic properties because of the phytochemicals eugenol and cinnamaldehyde present in it.

What are the side effects of cinnamon?

Cinnamon is not having too many side effects.  But excessive use of cinnamon can cause soreness in the mouth, may interfere with certain medication-especially if its for diabetes, and lowers sugar level in your body.

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