The Difference Between Ceylon Cinnamon And Cassia Cinnamon
Our family decided to start with three flavorful, organic spices — Ceylon cinnamon, ginger and turmeric — when we launched WellSpices. All three are now available in convenient, single serve packaging.
You’re probably familiar with ginger and turmeric, but what about Ceylon cinnamon?
There are actually over 250 species of cinnamon grown worldwide, and while they are all delicious, none compare to Ceylon cinnamon.
Health Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon
Cinnamon has been used around the world for medicinal purposes for centuries, and for good reason. Research shows it has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. There have also been studies with diabetes that show that it can help regulate blood sugar. It can even provide an immune boost!
Of the 250 types of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon is the most potent. Native to Sri Lanka and nicknamed “true cinnamon”, it is safer to consume in large quantities than cassia cinnamon. Although cassia cinnamon is the more common variety that you’ll typically find in grocery stores, it contains more coumarin than Ceylon cinnamon.
Coumarin is a naturally occurring compound in plants, but is found in much higher doses in cassia cinnamon compared to the Ceylon variety. In high levels, coumarin can be toxic. If you consume a lot of cinnamon, it’s best to make it a high quality Ceylon cinnamon.
In addition to the health benefits mentioned, Ceylon cinnamon also contains meaningful amounts of fiber, manganese, calcium, iron, and vitamin K. It also contains small amounts of Vitamin E, niacin, Vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, zinc and copper.
This powerful spice has been used in everything from Ayurveda healing practices to Chinese medicine for issues such as indigestion, poor circulation, and general pain. We can’t guarantee it will cure everything, but it’s certainly a delicious and healthy addition to your diet!
How To Incorporate Cinnamon Into Your Diet
The differences between Ceylon and cassia cinnamon are also recognizable by their flavor. The Ceylon variety has been described as lighter and sweeter, with hints of citrus. Cassia on the other hand is described as having a stronger flavor that is spicy-sweet.
Because Ceylon cinnamon is naturally sweet, you can swap it with sugar in some instances. Adding a packet of cinnamon in lieu of sugar to your next cup of coffee will have you consuming less sugar while still getting your morning pick me up!
Now factor in that cinnamon can potentially help regulate blood sugar levels and you have a healthy alternative that will have you reaching for less sugary snacks. This is just one more reason to have a bit of true cinnamon with you wherever you go.
In addition to spicing up your coffee, you can also incorporate it into seasoning blends. Ceylon cinnamon brings a lovely touch of warmth to any meal, which is why it’s a common ingredient in a variety of dishes and spice blends. Many curries, soups, and baked goods benefit from cinnamon’s flavor, as well as dishes with chicken, lamb, and pork. For breakfast, you can try it out in a fresh fruit parfait for a healthy way to start your day.
Delicious and healthy, this spice certainly deserves a spot in your pantry. Order your Ceylon cinnamon packets today to taste the difference that high quality cinnamon makes in your meals.
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