Cinnamon is a spice derived from the bark of cinnamon tree. It is commonly used in cookery and as a natural medicine.
Cinnamon & weight loss
Insulin resistance is the leading cause of metabolic syndrome. Both human and animal studies have shown cinnamon to have positive effects on metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome or Syndrome X is a group of risk factors that increases the likelihood of developing diabetes, heart diseases. They include high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess belly (visceral) fat.
How does cinnamon aid weight loss?
Studies have found that cinnamon contains components that:
- increases insulin sensitivy
- reduces blood glucose
Cinnamon also reduces elevated inflammatory cytokines that may cause insulin resistance.
When insulin sensitivity is increased, this improves all the risk factors of metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, excess belly fat or body weight). Consequently, cinnamon has the potential to prevent and overcome diseases (stroke, heart attack, diabetes, etc)associated with metabolic syndrome.
How to use cinnamon in your meals/drinks
1. hot drink: tea, coffee, chocolate
4. apple sauce
1. fruit slices
3. baked pumpkin
Most baked pumpkin with cinnamon recipes have added sugar. I prefer mine savory, so I only sprinkle salt, ground pepper, cinnamon powder and olive oil on pumpkin wedges before baking them. *yummy*
You could even try this recipe with potato wedges instead.
Feel free to share how you use cinnamon in the comment box below