5 easy ways to incorporate Cinnamon in your daily routine
Use of Cinnamon as a spice dates back to almost 7th Century BC. Its distinct taste aids its use in both sweet and savory dishes. It’s warm and sweet fragrance not only fills the kitchen with its aroma, but also aids in being able to smell it.
Known for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties, it fights well especially against the Influenza virus and bacteria, thereby clearing up mucus and lung congestion and relieving you from cough and cold. The main substance in it called cinnamaldehyde not only helps in reducing insulin resistance, but also in reducing fasting blood sugar levels while combined with other pro-diabetic substances like fenugreek.
it reduces most common risk factors for heart diseases. The special compounds in cinnamon are able to help reduce levels of total cholesterol, LDL “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides, while stabilizing the levels of HDL “good” cholesterol.
Best ways to use cinnamon includes the following –
- Sprinkle half a tsp of cinnamon powder over your dishes or add half an inch of cinnamon bark while tempering.
- Boil cinnamon sticks and inhale the vapour to relieve congestion. You can also soak a 2-inch stick in warm water for 5 minutes and drink the infusion to relieve throat irritation.
- Loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols protects the body from oxidative damage. Therefore, it can also be used as a natural food preservative.
- In many cases, cinnamon can also be used as a natural sweetener instead of sugar in mildly sweet recipes
- This wonder spice is a baker’s delight. Use cinnamon in baking muffins, cakes and breads while it is still warm from the oven.