Get Control Of Belly Fat With A Sprinkle of Cinnamon.
We all have it in our pantry but don’t give it a thought or much credit. It’s one of my favorite seasonings. I love it in coffee, on oatmeal and sprinkled on pudding. The best part is, I’ve found something I enjoy that’s actually good for me!
Cinnamon can help people burn fat, lose weight, prevent blood sugar spikes, and reduce triglycerides and LDL (bad choleserol). Some studies even suggest that cinnamon will help reduce stores of abdominal fat, specifically visceral fat that is inside your belly and wraps around the organs increasing the risk of heart and liver disease and diabetes.
Penn State University recently did a study to test whether cinnamon – and other spices – had any impact on triglyceride levels and insulin response. The study showed that there was “a 13% increase in blood antioxidant activity and a 20% decrease in insulin response” in patients consuming a diet rich in spices like cinnamon.
To say that cinnamon can help people lose weight may not be entirely true. Rather, cinnamon helps with blood glucose control which results in a reduction of both internal fat (visceral) as well as external . . . . you know, the ‘muffin top’.
The research I’ve done suggests that we should see benefits from about a teaspoon a day. Like everything, moderation is the key. If a teaspoon is good that doesn’t mean that two teaspoons are better. Adverse reactions can occur from too much cinnamon, especially for people that are on blood thinning medications.
A Little Goes A Long Way
There are plenty of ways to add cinnamon to your diet. It’s good sprinkled on:
- Coffee gounds
- Oatmeal and other cereals
- Almond Milk
- Cottage Cheese
- Hot Tea
- Hot Chocolate
- Whole wheat English muffins, bagels or toast
- Sweet potatoes
- Brown Rice
There are plenty of other spices that can be added to the diet that serve as antioxidants and have health benefits:
- Tumeric – Contains curcumin and is believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
- Rosemary – Helps improve mood and reduce pain.
- Oregano – Loaded with antioxidants that fight free radical oxygen molecules
- Garlic – Protects cells against cancer
- Paprika – Also contains anti-inflammatory antioxidants