6 Facts About Cinnamon That You Didn’t Know

November 5, 2014

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Cinnamon spice and everything nice! At this time of year, cinnamon is used in all sorts of recipes. It has the warmth to heat you up from the inside out on chilly winter days. It can be used in both sweet and savory cooking or as a fragrance to fill the house. Lets get to know this spice a little better. Here are 6 facts you may not have known about cinnamon:

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1. Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum.

2. It was imported to Egypt as far back as 2000 BC and is native to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Burma.

3. There are two types of cinnamon, Cassia and Ceylon.  Cassia has a stronger flavor and is used more in America.  Ceylon has a milder taste.

4. Mexico is the largest importer, primarily for use in chocolate production.

5. Two teaspoons contains 12 calories and about 5 grams of fiber

6. Oatmeal Raisin Meal bar has the perfect amount of cinnamon spice and everything nice.

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Cinnamon has been known (but not scientifically proven) to have the following health benefits: blood sugar control, stomach bug remedy, antioxidant, weight reducer, and cancer preventer. Cinnamon is great on oatmeal or toast in the morning and is a perfect sweetener for tea or coffee. Of course it’s also commonly found in desserts, especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. So do yourself a favor and stock up on cinnamon today.