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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.

This spice 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

It is commonly known as daalcheene in India.

Language Name Written as
Arabic Qarfa قرفة
Bengali Dārucini দারুচিনি
Gujarati Taja તજ
Hindi daalacheenee दालचीनी
Kannada Dālcinni ದಾಲ್ಚಿನ್ನಿ
Malayalam kaṟuva കറുവ
Marathi Dālacinī दालचिनी
Tamil Ilavaṅkappaṭṭai
இலவங்கப்பட்டை
Telugu Dālcina cekka దాల్చిన చెక్క
Punjabi Dālacīnī ਦਾਲਚੀਨੀ
Urdu Daarchinee دار چینی
Sanskrit siMhala-dArusitA सिंहल-दारुसिता

Nutritional Profile of Cinnamon

Nutritional profile per 100 gms

  • Calories: 247
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 81g
  • Fiber: 53g
  • Fat: 1.2g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Potassium: 431mg

Source: USDA & Google

Benefits

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

Anti-Oxidant

They contain 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. These have anti-inflammatory effects and helps reduce the risk of diseases.

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

According to some studies, they are proved to reduce the risk of heart disease, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Can Lower Blood Sugar Level

They interfere with the digestive enzymes in our body. Thus it 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

They help 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?

They help you lose the abdominal organ’s fat.

Are they 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.

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. This one is stronger and hotter in taste. And Ceylon cinnamon is lighter and brighter.

What is it made of?

It 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 this antibiotic?

Cinnamon does 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 it 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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