'Tis the Season for Cinnamon

'Tis the Season for Cinnamon

Want to enhance blood sugar control with a tasty spice that you already love? It's all in the cinnamon!

Too good to be true? Not at all - cinnamon is one of those great spices that not only enhances the flavor, but also the health of the foods we enjoy.

A few months ago, we talked about the difference between common cinnamons, but today, let’s look at what the science says about cinnamon and blood glucose and lipid levels in those with diabetes.

Cinnamon and Blood Glucose Levels

The science has not been able to produce consistently reduced blood glucose values with cinnamon supplementation. However, some studies have shown a reduction of almost 0.1 percent in blood sugars using about ½ teaspoonful of ground cinnamon one or more times daily.

In comparison, the typical oral diabetes medications, reduce glucose values about 1 percent with an initial dosage level.

So, while cinnamon is beautiful, tasty and enjoyable, it is not going to make a huge impact on reducing the blood glucose values. Will it hurt? Definitely not, so add it in for even just that small decrease, which may help more than you think.

Cinnamin and Blood Lipid Levels

Again, the research results have been inconsistent. However, in a number of studies that set out to study blood sugars, blood lipids (lipids in the blood that determine cholesterol levels) dropped at times, even when blood glucose values and A1C values (blood glucose levels over time) did not.

All this said, make sure your cupboard is stocked with cinnamon, and if you happen upon a dish loaded with cinnamon, smile and enjoy it! You could be enjoying not only a wonderful flavor, but also the possibility of a little drop in blood glucose and blood lipid levels.

Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

Comment by hydeeo
March 01, 2015
I am loving my Nutribullet RX. I have done almost every recipe in my book. I am wondering what recipe on page 100 called Macarita really should be. The ingredients are the same as Bran New right next to it on the same page?
Comment by hydeeo
March 01, 2015
Is Ceylon cinnamon better than Saigon cinnamon ? If so why ? Is there a better or best way to use it ?
Comment by sunee
February 06, 2015
Can you grind cinnamon sticks up in a coffee grinder? Or will the bullet grind the cinnamon stick pieces?
Reply by chorne2
April 26, 2015
I have used the bullet to grind whole cinammon sticks to a fine powder...Only don't grind it too long as it stained my short cup.
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