Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cinnamon

As I was browsing thorough the big blob of text below about the health benefits of cinnamon, I couldn't help but flash on the cinnamon videos. Have you seen them? Someone puts a spoonful of cinnamon into their mouth. A few seconds later they are coughing, crying, spitting (dribbling) it out, and trying to rinse out their mouth. It's pretty funny if you think stupid people are funny.

A couple of those recommendations seem contradictory. Like cinnamon having a regulatory effect on blood sugar, and the one that says cinnamon mixed with honey is good for arthritis. The big block of text below is there for those interested. I just like a dash of cinnamon in a coffee hot chocolate mix, or in cookies, or on pancakes. That sort of thing.

Today is a quiet day. Kind of windy, with intermittent rain. We strolled around St George. I was thinking of running, but haven't yet. I might not.

The rum swizzle at lunch today was much better than the one at the jazz performance. I think the difference is that these were mixed individually, and were a bit more fruity. I could get very used to having such a drink on hot days. Here's a recipe. http://www.swizzleinn.com/ee1.php

I'm about 10% of the way through Perdido Street Station, and loving it. Something about how he uses language to paint a picture just fascinates me. Linda is working on something called Wedding Fever she found on a shelf here. She is happily smiling, and occasionally giggling.

Even though I didn't bring any of the novel with me, I might work on that a bit. I've had some thoughts. Dangerous things, thoughts. Never know what might happen if you open the door to those. The dream I woke up to this morning started with some of the novel characters out skiing. Then a volcano erupted (or something) and they had to get down the hill, and it sort of morphed into seeing and running and jumping over some fantastical architecture.

Cinnamon (pron.: /ˈsɪnəmən/ sin-ə-mən) is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. While Cinnamomum verum is sometimes considered to be "true cinnamon", most cinnamon in international commerce is derived from related species, which are also referred to as "cassia" to distinguish them from "true cinnamon".[1]
Here are 10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon that may make you want to include it in your diet every day.
Lower Cholesterol
Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
Blood Sugar Regulation
Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
Yeast Infection Help
In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
Cancer Prevention
In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
Anti-Clotting
It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
Arthritis Relief
In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
Anti-Bacterial
When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
Brain Health
One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
E. Coli Fighter
Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
High in Nutrients
It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

2 comments:

  1. Great! I knew there had to be a good reason to eat cinnamon and sugar toast every day. Thanks for backing me up with research.

    Are you working on a novel? If it's sci-fi, I don't think I can deal. Anything else, I'm totally in.

    Hope you and Linda are enjoying yourselves!

    P.S. loved this line: It's pretty funny if you think stupid people are funny.

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  2. I love cinnamon - especially Cinnamon Toast (like KK). We sprinkle it on our oatmeal, when we're not indulging in cinnamon toast ;)

    Glad to hear your story's whispering in your ear - and it sounds like you're having a marvelous time! Off to Google Wedding Fever!!

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