Information on Cinnamon
Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices but it also
contains more than 80 essential nutrients which provide the human body with
numerous different types of nutrients. Cinnamon gets derived from the cinnamon
plant bark. The cinnamon plant is also sometimes known by its botanical name of
The outer portion of the bark usually gets discarded while
its inner part gets dried and rolled. Cinnamon spice can also be purchased in
its grounded form. There are two most popular species of cinnamon. The Chinese cinnamon
is also known by its botanical name of cinnamonum aromaticum while the Ceylon
cinnamon bears the botanical name of cinnamonum zeylanicum.
The main difference between these two different species of cinnamon is that cinnamon from Ceylon is rather difficult to find and it is also slightly sweeter than its Chinese counterpart. There are certain fossil remains which serve as an evidence that cinnamon has been cultivated ever since the ancient times. Nowadays it is popular because of its strong flavor and because it provides numerous health benefits.
Cinnamon: Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon is very healthy for those who suffer from numerous
different types of heart related problems because it contains very low amounts
of sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol. Each tablespoon of cinnamon contains
17 calories, out of which there is only one calorie contributed by fat. That
same tablespoon contains only 0.2 grams of fat.
The significantly low amount of
saturated fat does not contribute any calories. Each tablespoon of cinnamon
contains only 5.5 grams of carbohydrates. The same tablespoon contains only 0.1
grams of sugar.
Cinnamon is very rich in dietary fiber. Each tablespoon of cinnamon contains 3.6 grams of dietary fiber. That is why it is very helpful in relieving intestinal disorders, indigestion, constipation and all other different types of digestive problems. A tablespoon of cinnamon contains 0.3 grams of protein, 31 percent of daily requirements of iron and 14 percent of daily requirements of calcium. Cinnamon is also a remarkable source of vitamin A, manganese, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Each tablespoon of cinnamon provides 12 percent vitamin C and 20 percent vitamin A of the daily requirements of an adult person.
Cinnamon Health Benefits
Cinnamon can be very useful for all those who suffer from type 2 diabetes because it is very efficient in regulating the levels of sugar in the blood. Cinnamon is also very efficient in decreasing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, fighting different types of infections, treating arthritis and improving the memory.