We all need a sweet treat every now and then to satisfy our sweet tooth. These treats are clever , super easy to make and delicious. They are made with cinnamon and studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol, it has an anti-clotting effect on the blood and cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
So when you want a quick snack or treat, try one of these guilt free treats with cinnamon, and they are great especially when your working on a flat tummy.
Try this :
- Grilled bananas with sprinkled cinnamon
- Baked apples with sprinkled cinnamon
- Roasted pumpkin with sprinkled cinnamon
- Cappucino with Soy and a dash of cinnamon on the froth.
Cinnamon’s Health Benefits
It turns out that cinnamon tends to be on the quiet side and has some surprising potential health benefits that’s good to know.
- Preliminary results from studies have indicated that cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic properties. Cinnamon has been found to be effective in fighting vaginal yeast infections, oral yeast infections, stomach ulcers and head lice.
- Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. Many people eat lots of fried, fatty and processed foods, and these foods cause inflammation of our internal tissues and organs, and this inflammation has been linked to one of the most life-threatening diseases of our time, heart disease.
- Recent studies have found that cinnamon may have a beneficial effect on blood sugar. One of the first human studies was published in 2003 in a medical journal called Diabetes Care. Sixty people with type 2 diabetes took 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon in a pill form daily, an amount roughly equivalent to one quarter of a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. After 40 days, all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose by 18 to 29%, triglycerides by 23 to 30%, LDL cholesterol by 7 to 27%, and total cholesterol by 12 to 26%.
- Cinnamon may help people with Type 2 diabetes control blood sugar levels, and may significantly lower LDL “bad” cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides (fatty acids in the blood). A study was conducted by researchers from the US Department of Agriculture in 2003 that showed that 60 people in Pakistan who had Type 2 diabetes, and who ate 1 gram of cinnamon each day over a period of 40 days, experienced a significant decrease in their blood sugar levels, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Doctors have performed studies that showed that just smelling cinnamon improves our memory and performance of certain tasks.