Ceylon cinnamon - why you should choose it

Oct 19, 2022 Michał Pelc

Cinnamon is a spice with over a thousand years of history that is added to dishes and drinks. In ancient times, its value far exceeded the price of gold. Today, it is a valued and tasty addition that we like to use in the kitchen. However, it is worth knowing that cinnamon is not equal to cinnamon. But you can read about it below.

Real cinnamon comes from Ceylon (hence the name) and Madagascar and is obtained from evergreen trees, the bark of which is rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients and essential oils. Unlike the popular, ordinary cinnamon, which we see every day in grocery stores, the original Ceylon cinnamon not only has a more noble taste, but above all it is characterized by a low content of coumarin, a compound that is toxic to the liver and kidneys in larger amounts.

Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon

In the photo below, I have placed both canes next to each other. You can see the difference with the naked eye. On the left is a Ceylon cinnamon stick and on the right is cassia cinnamon.

Ceylon cinnamon comparison

What about that coumarin in cinnamon?

Some time ago, the media published information that cinnamon is unhealthy and should be limited - precisely because of the coumarin content. However, the truth is somewhat different. Yes, cinnamon contains coumarin, but only the one that you can most often get in our stores - "cheaper version of the more expensive spice" - Chinese cinnamon. Unfortunately, it is widely used, but you must know that it is significantly different from real Ceylon cinnamon. This, in turn, not only practically does not contain coumarin, but also has a completely different taste - it is more aromatic, tastier and has a slightly different color. So if you are a fan of apples with cinnamon, choose healthy real cinnamon - Ceylon.

How to identify real cinnamon - Ceylon?

What color is cinnamon?

Real cinnamon is light brown in color - unlike the dark, rusty red fakes.

What does cinnamon look like?

Counterfeit cinnamon comes either in a powdered form or in a piece - in the form of a thick, hard bark, a characteristic roll, empty inside. The original Ceylon cinnamon consists of many thin, delicate layers, rolled into a cigar-like roll. Commercially available Ceylon cinnamon is lighter in color than Chinese.

Does the cinnamon break?

Yes. But easily Ceylon only. It is brittle, brittle and can be easily broken into smaller pieces. Chinese cinnamon is very hard to break.

Ceylon Cinnamon 100% BIO - Ground - Organic

Why Eat Ceylon Cinnamon?

Consuming Ceylon cinnamon has a beneficial effect on digestion, blood lipids, and blood sugar levels. The benefits of cinnamon are not yet fully understood. The studies conducted so far show that cinnamon is indicated for people who have digestive problems, e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, thrush, flatulence, nausea.
Ceylon cinnamon also has strong antioxidant properties, lowers LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. Cinnamon has also been shown to be more effective than vitamin E at scavenging free radicals.

Doctors also point to the positive effect of this ancient spice on platelets and the prevention of thrombotic changes in various injuries. Consuming cinnamon is also recommended for people with insulin resistance or reduced insulin production , because this spice has unique properties that activate this enzyme. Tea with the addition of cinnamon is the perfect antidote for autumn and winter infections, because it effectively soothes coughs and hoarseness.

Consuming cinnamon around half a teaspoon a day, or as an addition to yoghurt or muesli, also helps to maintain the line. Those who eat cinnamon provide themselves with natural endorphins, and when they feel happy and content, they no longer have to look for consolation in sweet treats.

How to use?

Ground Ceylon cinnamon is used as a seasoning for dishes made of milk, ice cream, baked apples, fruit salads. It complements very well with cloves, cardamom, vanilla, nougat, turmeric. Innovative chefs also add it to meats (duck, goose, venison), but it is most often used as an addition to sweet dishes.

Cinnamon is a popular addition to cocoa and coffee. Teas with the addition of cinnamon are a perfect composition for the winter . After all, cinnamon is one of the spices that have strong warming properties.

The aroma of cinnamon also enriches the taste of compotes. Here, pieces of cinnamon bark are most often used, from which cinnamon oil is washed out. After preparing the drink, however, remove them because they are not suitable for consumption.
Good quality cinnamon is a tasty and healthy spice, it certainly deserves to be present on our tables every day! It is also worth making sure that Ceylon cinnamon comes from organic farming - you will find it in our organic food store!

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