What is the advantage of Ceylon cinnamon over other varieties?
Ceylon cinnamon has both a delicate texture, an aromatic flavour and a higher quality. It is produced using only the thin inner bark of the cinnamon tree, which gives it a slightly lighter colour than is usual. Ceylon cinnamon also has a significantly lower coumarin content than other cinnamon varieties, at only 0,004%. The other cinnamon varieties (Cassia), on the other hand, have an average coumarin content of 1%. Coumarin is a toxic compound contained in the essential oil of cinnamon, which, when ingested in large quantities, can be harmful to the liver and kidneys. However, for the side effects to occur, cinnamon would have to be consumed in very large quantities, which is usually not possible. However, the risk is even lower for Ceylon cinnamon due to its low coumarin content. Therefore, it is best to consume only high quality Ceylon cinnamon, both for medicinal purposes and in cooking.
What are the further benefits of Ceylon cinnamon?
Ceylon cinnamon has a truly rich nutritional profile. The hearty cinnamon hides vitamins A and B as well as beneficial minerals such as chromium, iron, zinc and calcium. Cinnamon also contains powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compounds that are effective against various pathogens.
Quality Ceylon cinnamon may help:
- in case of colds and flu;
- for illness caused by E-coli bacteria;
- in case of inflammations;
- for blood sugar imbalances and diabetes;
- in case of neurological diseases;
- for the prevention of cancer;
- in case of viral diseases;
- for fungal infections;
How to use Ceylon cinnamon?
Cinnamon is perfect for flavouring a variety of desserts, as well as adding a pleasant flavour to drinks, stews and soups. You can also use the aromatic cinnamon to enrich healthy smoothies or sprinkle cinnamon powder on your breakfast porridge or muesli – whichever suits you best! Cinnamon also acts as a natural preservative, helping food to stay fresh longer without the need for chemicals.
How to store cinnamon properly?
It’s best to store cinnamon in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight and moisture.