True cinnamon is pricey, but is there an honest difference?
December 14, 2018
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Where Does Cinnamon Come From?
True Cinnamon which is native to Sri Lanka is grown only in specific parts of the Island such as Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Rathnapura whereas Cassia Cinnamon is basically native and cultivated in countries such as Indonesia and China.
Is Cinnamon Good for Health?
Cinnamon was first identified as an aromatic condiment but at present many scientific experiments have proved that Cinnamon acts as a remedy for many health issues such as diabetics, high cholesterol issues, cough, sore throat, arthritis, obesity, less appetite and bronchitis.
Daily consumption of 6 grams of Cinnamon helps patients with type two diabetes by improving their lipid and glucose levels and by reducing the levels of serum glucose, triglyceride and LDL cholesterol.
Cinnamon comes in different forms for consumption purposes. Cinnamon as an oil is used to treat and cure some fungal infections such as Candida whereas Cinnamon powder and sticks are used in preparing meals such as cakes, tarts, desserts, savory dishes, hot chocolate, tea and wine.
Cinnamon powder can be kept in the storage for months and stick formed cinnamon can be stored for years. It is healthier if it is possible to store cinnamon power and sticks in air tight bottles, which can be kept away from sunlight and moisture, because it may lose its color and aroma with time.
Ceylon vs Cassia
Due to modern labeling and packaging methods it is actually hard to differentiate Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon is one of the world’s most expensive and the second largest spice after black pepper. One of the main important health benefit identified in Ceylon Cinnamon is its anti-clotting ability.
Since Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde naturally it prevents unnecessary clattering of blood within the body. Even though Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon have certain similarities Cassia Cinnamon is not as sweet as Ceylon Cinnamon. Cassia Cinnamon may also create toxic situations because it contains very high amounts of coumarin which is used as a flavoring ingredient.
Coumarin is naturally contained within True Cinnamon but Cassia Cinnamon contains approximately 1000 times more coumarin when compared to True Cinnamon. True Cinnamon is expensive and harder to find, due to this most of the time what we have been buying from the market is Cassia Cinnamon.
True Cinnamon or Ceylon Cinnamon belongs to the Lauraceae family and it has more than 250 species. Currently Mexico and USA are identified as main target markets for Ceylon Cinnamon. From Sri Lanks’s total exports percentage Cinnamon has acquired 41.13% of worlds export. Ceylon Cinnamon is now introduced to the international market as “Pure Ceylon Cinnamon”.