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Crazy About Cinnamon

Now that it’s officially fall, crowds of people are jamming into Starbucks to get their hands on a delicious pumpkin spice or cinnamon latte. Cinnamon isn’t just for coffee thought, it’s a great additional to a healthy lifestyle and has many nutritional benefits.

Cinnamon is an excellent source of vitamin K and iron, as well as calcium and fiber. Because it is low in fat and sugar, it adds flavor to food without increasing calorie content.Try sprinkling some on a bowl of cereal, and you have a flavorful start to your day!

Cinnamon’s nutritional value is related to its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect living cells from damage due to free radicals, molecules produced as a result of poor diet and stress. The essential oils found in cinnamon work against harmful blood clotting, inhibiting the release of an acid responsible for inflammation. These oils also have antimicrobial properties and may stop the growth of bacteria that causes yeast infections. The scent of cinnamon has also been found to increase alertness.

So the next time you’re in the grocery store, switch it up and add cinnamon to your list!

By Lindsay Barton