Cinnamon Explained….Like most people, I used to think that Cinnamon was Cinnamon. There was one type and it was all the same, no matter what brand you purchased or where you got it from. Well through my years of research, recipe formulation and experimentation, working in the health and fitness industry and just general quest for further knowledge, I came across more information on Cinnamon and thought it best to share with my customers! After all, not only do I want to provide amazing products, but I also want to educate others on ingredients and/or products which may taste better, possess greater health benefits or are simply just better quality.
Types of Cinnamon.
There are hundreds of types of Cinnamon, though only four varieties are used. Essentially this is broken down into two categories.
1) “True Cinnamon” also known as Ceylon Cinnamon.
2) “Cassia Cinnamon” (which generally is a mix of Cassia, Saigon and Korintje).
95% of Cinnamon on store shelves or available for purchase will be Cassia Cinnamon. This is generally because it is 3-4x cheaper than pure Ceylon Cinnamon. So unless the Cinnamon you are using states that it is Ceylon Cinnamon, it will be Cassia Cinnamon.
Ceylon Cinnamon has a much milder, delicate flavour, in comparison to Cassia Cinnamon which is more pungent and full bodied. So depending on how you plan to use the Cinnamon, choose what’s best for your purpose.
Another great way to use Cinnamon is to incorporate it into any desserts, sweets or cheat meals which you may consume. This is where my Chocolate Cinnamon Scroll Dust was born. I found myself craving an easy to use Chocolate Cinnamon flavour I could quickly add to my Oats, Smoothies or as a dusting over Ice Creams or other tasty treats. The theory behind this is to minimise the impact of the blood sugar spike and to better utilise the nutrients because of the improved insulin sensitivity.
Both types of Cinnamon possess health benefits. However Ceylon Cinnamon does edge out Cassia Cinnamon here. Both types exhibit anti-diabetic properties and blood sugar lowering benefits.
Another difference between the two types of Cinnamon is the Coumarin content. Coumarin is a compound found in many plant species. Well, it appears that the Coumarin content is around 250x more in Cassia Cinnamon than it is in Ceylon Cinnamon. Why does this matter? Well Coumarin can be toxic to the liver in large doses. Please do not be alarmed though, most people would not consume Cassia Cinnamon to a large enough dosage on a regular basis to do any damage whatsoever. The point I am trying to get across though, is that if you have a choice between the two types of Cinnamon, you’d always go for the healthier one!
Don’t be alarmed if you use Cassia Cinnamon, the difference is minor. I’m just providing information for my customers to expand their knowledge and know exactly what is in the products they consume.
All Physique Seasonings which contain any Cinnamon use only 100% Organic Ceylon Cinnamon (in my opinion the Gold Standard of Cinnamon).
I am a really big fan of incorporating Ceylon Cinnamon into ones diet on a daily basis. It is great for lowering blood glucose levels and improving insulin sensitivity, which is great for health as well as losing body fat and building muscle (if you are eating for these goals obviously).
“Eat for your Physique!”