30 Days Of Superfoods: Slash Your Diabetes Risk With Cinnamon
Welcome to 30 Days of Superfoods, Prevention's 30-day challenge to incorporate more healthy fuel into your diet all November long. Superfoods have myriad benefits, from boosting your immune system and fortifying your body to warding off disease and even managing menopause. Here's what, why, and how to incorporate more cinnamon into your diet—starting today!
This warm spice can do more than add an extra dose of cozy sweetness to your cooking. Cinnamon contains polyphenol compounds that are thought to help with glucose control. In fact, research shows that eating 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily can make cells more sensitive to the hormone insulin. As a result, your body won’t have to produce as much insulin to move glucose from your blood into your cells. That can promote steadier blood sugar levels and help fight insulin resistance—which can help keep type 2 diabetes at bay.
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HOW TO USE CINNAMON
You know that a sprinkle of cinnamon is delicious in sweet foods. But it can also be a flavor booster for savory foods like meat, pork, winter squash, or tomato sauce. And don’t forget drinks! Stir cinnamon into coffee, tea, or lattes for extra flavor—without the added sugar or calories.
This apple pie smoothie is happiness in a glass:
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Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bites
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