*Cinnamon straw
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So, almost three years ago, I wrote this after seeing an ad on television:

McCormick, the spice people, have a new angle — spices are HEALTHY. One-half teaspoon of cinnamon has as many antioxidants as a cup of pomegranate juice or 1/2 cup of blueberries. Who knew, right?

Now, I love spices just because I love spices. My first reaction on seeing McCormick’s new cinnamon-is-good-for-you ad was OMFG, don’t ruin cinnamon! Everyone knows that things that are good for you just aren’t — you know — good. And when an advertiser tells me something is h-e-a-l-t-h-y, my first reaction is to roll my eyes. But this is one advertising push that I can get behind.

The blog post then sat in my “drafts” folder until this morning, when I decided to do some spring blog-cleaning. Most everything else I just tossed into the trash. This is, after all, a highly topical blog. Lines like “No, Nancy Pelosi did not call you a Nazi” may have been compelling when they were written in 2010, but 4 years later, who really remembers or cares?

Spices and antioxidants, on the other hand, have a timeless appeal. In fact, interest in herbal remedies and how spices benefit your health has only grown in the years since I wrote that little blurb.

Take cinnamon, for example. Just two teaspoons of cinnamon provides you with 45% of your daily requirement of manganese, 11% of your daily requirement of fiber and 5% your daily requirement of calcium. It fights inflammation and slows blood clotting, which helps reduce the risk of stroke. Cinnamon contains compounds that retard the growth of bacteria and fungi, making it useful as a preservative. Adding cinnamon to high-carb foods like rice pudding can slow the metabolism rate and may help your body respond better to insulin, a big boon for people dealing with diabetes and pre-diabetes. The fiber and calcium in cinnamon helps with colon health, and may help reduce cholesterol, fight heart disease and reduce your risk of colon cancer. Even smelling cinnamon can be beneficial – studies have shown that sniffing cinnamon can improve brain functioning and help your short term memory, analytical functioning and attention.

And it’s a whole lot easier to remember to take your cinnamon than it is to wash down a handful of pill every day. Check out these ways to add a little cinnamon to your daily intake and start reaping its delicious benefits today.



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