We are blessed with countless things around us and not a single one but each and every thing has quite an impactful role. Let’s take an example of this plain simple stuff named as Cinnamon which is also a pretty much commonly found spice/condiment in our kitchen cabinets. But let’s get this fact straight, TRUE CINNAMON
Ceylon cinnamon is also known as true cinnamon, Sri Lankan cinnamon, and Mexican cinnamon. It’s taken from the inner bark of an evergreen tree commonly grown in Sri Lanka. The country was known as Ceylon when it was under colonial control.
It has been believed that
- Cinnamon has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is known for its health benefits.
- You would have to eat very high amounts of cinnamon powder to experience any dangerous side effects.
- Studies have shown that cinnamon does have an effect on blood glucose levels in those with type 2 diabetes.
And so on.
But our main concern is the complaints we get to hear from our friends and families in routine life, that is, how to reduce the weight, to lose the excess fat. So let’s see how we can use this kitchen utility in this regard.
Cinnamon has been shown to reduce some of the bad effects of eating high-fat foods. This can help in an overall weight loss plan. Its effect on blood glucose levels can also help your body ultimately lose weight.
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of cinnamon can provide additional help to those trying to lose weight by promoting an overall healthy body that’ll process food better.
It’s important to note that cinnamon alone will not lead to long-term weight loss. But it might be beneficial to add cinnamon to your healthy diet and exercise plan to help you reach your weight loss goal. One teaspoon of cinnamon does contain 1.6 grams of fiber, which can help you reach your daily fiber goal and increase a feeling of fullness at meals.
How to Use Cinnamon to Aid Weight Loss
So why not add some pizzazz to your food with some cinnamon:
- In oatmeal: A sprinkle of cinnamon is a must for oat lovers! Or try cinnamon-spiked quinoa.
- In coffee: Don’t just dump cinnamon into your coffee cup. Add it to your coffee grounds before brewing your java. It’ll flavor up basic beans, saving you money on the flavored kind.
- Over fruit: Cinnamon is delicious over apple and banana slices, fruit salad, pear slices, and halved peaches. It’s such a simple way to step up your fruit game.
- In creamy treats: Stir some into fat-free Greek yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, or light ricotta cheese. A little no-calorie sweetener is good in there too. And to take ordinary light vanilla ice cream to the next level, you know what to do.
- In chili: It sounds crazy, it’s worth trying. A little cinnamon brings out those rich chili flavors in a way that’s too good to deny.
Cinnamon Tea and its benefits:
Few sips of drinking cinnamon tea at bedtime may avoid excessive weight gain and may also help in losing some pounds. Don’t worry! The bitter-sweet spice in its tea form will be just as pleasing to your taste buds.
Cinnamon tea has high nutrients, the drink may boost your metabolism and keep your cholesterol level and blood sugar level in check. Its anti-inflammatory properties avoid bloating of the belly. The spice is also known to aid digestion of foods that can contribute in losing extra calories.
How To Make Cinnamon Tea For Weight Loss?
There are a number of recipes for cinnamon tea that you can experiment with. The following recipe is most commonly used and suits all kinds of taste preferences. So we suggest, get your taste buds used to cinnamon tea with these basic ingredients.
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Boil the water in. In a cup, add cinnamon powder, black pepper powder, honey and lemon juice, and mix well.
- When the water is boiled, pour it over the cinnamon, honey and lemon mixture and give it all a nice stir. Pass the drink through a sieve and drink it warm.
Note: You can also use cinnamon sticks in place of cinnamon powder. In this case, boil half inch cinnamon sticks along with the water.
Benefits Of Cinnamon Tea:
Cinnamon tea is really good for your skin, your skin will thank you for drinking this amazing tea.
Its antioxidants ward off free radicals that cause aging, and the spice also promotes blood flow, assisting new cell turnover that keeps your skin looking radiant and young.
You can also add cinnamon in yogurt and make a face mask.
- It boosts your metabolism for the day, adding one tea spoon on cinnamon in your daily tea can do wonders to your body. Cinnamon contains manganese, which helps your body metabolize proteins and carbohydrates.
- Studies are finding that cinnamon might help in the fight against neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. It may inhibit proteins that cause improper chemical signals in the brain, and it could even help stimulate new neural passages.
- The antibacterial properties of cinnamon can boost your immunity and can also fend off bacteria that causes bad breath. Simply drinking the tea on a daily basis is enough to freshen your breath and eliminate bad breath.
However, as a spice, it would be unusual for someone to consume large enough amounts of either type of cinnamon to cause concern.
Always talk to your doctor before making significant changes in your diet.