If I tell you that cinnamon and weight loss could possibly go hand in hand would you believe me?
Apparently, it can help control insulin levels as well as boost your metabolism.
If you scour the internet for foods to help you lose weight or best diet supplements you will certainly find no shortage of information.
The web is filled with myths about fat burning foods and even the thermic effect that foods have on your calorie burning.
One classic example is celery. Since celery is extremely low in calories being mostly water, the myth is that the amount of energy it takes your body to digest celery is greater then the calories in the celery, creating a negative caloric balance.
So, you should just eat celery all day, right? Uh – no.
Well, I am proud to actually be able to report that I have actually found a food that can potentially help you lose weight. Cinnamon!
History of Cinnamon
Despite cinnamon being used by different populations around the world for thousands of years, it may have first originated in Sri Lanka and India. It is also reported that it was found in areas of Africa, southeastern India, and Indonesia as well.
If you read carefully, you can find cinnamon mentioned at several points in the Bible and is also said to be mentioned in ancient Chinese writings as early as 2700 BC!
Cinnamon, or Ceylon Cinnamon, comes from the bark of a small Southeast Asian evergreen tree. There is also a chinese form of cinnamon which happens to be the more common form found in the US.
The cinnamon we consume is actually the bark of the tree. The outer bark is peeled away and exposes the inner bark of the tree. This is what is rolled or ground into powder for our use.
How Cinnamon Was Used
I’ve found about a gazillion ways that cinnamon has been used between ancient times and now.
Originally it was used for embalming bodies in Egypt.
Cinnamon can prevent food spoilage, treat illnesses, flavor food, and freshen breath.
Cinnamon can be used to fight inflammation, respiratory disorders, snake bites, and menstrual issues.
Cinnamon can help alleviate symptoms of a cold or the flu, and has been used as a cough medicine.
Cinnamon can be used as an astringent. It causes shrinkage of mucous membranes or exposed tissues.
Cinnamon aids digestion and bloaty-gassyness, as well as help with acid reflux and ease vomiting.
Cinnamon was also used as a sedative back in the day.
Cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth, acting as a germicide. Therefore, it can be used to fight infection by being applied externally to wounds and skin conditions.
Cinnamon can stimulate physiological activity by warming the body and improving circulation.
Cinnamon was also used in food preservation, and used to flavor sweet foods and spice up meats.
Today research is finding some of the most relavent and exciting potential benefits of cinnamon to date.
Cinnamon may help with diabetes prevention and/or control. It has shown to control glucose levels and decrease insulin’s response to food. Cinnamon may even decrease blood pressure.
The news that cinnamon may help keep insulin levels in check after a meal could mean that cinnamon and weight loss could also go hand in hand.
Cinnamon and Weight Loss Research
There have been a handful of research studies linking cinnamon and weight losstogether and demonstrating the impressive health benefits of the super spice.
1. In 2009 15 young, lean, and non-diabetic participants were randomly assigned to groups consuming rice pudding without cinnamon, or with 1g or 3g of cinnamon, respectively.
The group that consumed 3g of cinnamon had significantly lower levels of insulin after the meal than the other groups, indicating that cinnamon may decrease the insulin response of food post-prandial in healthy people.
Reference: Hlebowicz J, Hlebowicz A, Lindstedt S, et al. Effects of 1 and 3 g cinnamon on gastric emptying, satiety, and postprandial blood glucose, insulin, glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, glucagon-like peptide-1, and ghrelin concentrations in healthy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009:89(3):815-21.
2. Another cinnamon study was performed to determine how well cinnamon could affect blood glucose as well as blood pressure in 58 middle-aged type 2 diabetics. Diabetics can’t clear glucose from their bloodstream very efficiently and must rely on insulin injections to help the cause.
The study’s participants consumed either a placebo or 2g of cinnamon (3.2g = 1 tsp) daily for 12 weeks.
Results show both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure of people consuming cinnamon were significantly reduced. Awesome.
Additionally, significant reductions were seen in fasting glucose, waist circumference, and body fat mass in the cinnamon group compared to the placebo group. HbA1c, a measure of one’s blood sugar status over the prior 3 months, was also found to be significantly lower in the cinnamon group.
This is a fantastic finding! Why? Because so far we knew that cinnamon had an acute effect over blood glucose levels. But the decreased levels of HbA1C suggests that cinnamon may also have a more chronic, or long term effect on blood glucose levels.
Great news for diabetics and non-diabetics alike.
Reference: Crawford P. Effectiveness of cinnamon for lowering hemoglobin A1C in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized, controlled trial. J Am Board Fam Med. 2009;22(5):507-12.
What does all this mean?
If cinnamon can control blood sugar levels and therefore, subsequent insulin production, then it is extremely possible that the result of that can be weight loss. It is a well known fact that when we control our insulin levels (perhaps by abstaining from sugar and other starchy carbs) we are able to burn more fat.
Weight Loss Steak Rub Recipe
Refrigerate Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cumin Seed
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon, Ground
- 1 teaspoon Oregano Leaves
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper, Ground
- 2 pounds New York strip steaks
1. Toast cumin seeds in small dry skillet on medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until aromatic. Remove from skillet. Crush seeds using mortar and pestle, spice mill, clean coffee grinder or rolling pin.
2. Mix brown sugar, cumin and remaining spices. Rub spice mixture evenly on both sides of steaks. Cover loosely. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
3. Broil or grill over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until desired doneness.
- Calories: 204
- Fat: 12 g
- Carbohydrates: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 62 mg
- Sodium: 146 mg
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 21 g
No one thing we do will ever lead to serious or sustained weight loss. But what if we had lots of weight loss tools in our proverbial weight loss tool belts and use them all in our attack against fat. And that cinnamon was just a new, shiny tool we add to help us get the job done?
Either way, there’s no harm in adding cinnamon to your diet every day just in case because, as we have discussed, there are plenty of other, better documented benefits for it that have stood the test of time.
You can add cinnamon and other highly effective weight loss ingredients to your daily diet quickly, safely, and conveniently by using Prograde Metabolism every day.
The idea that cinnamon and weight loss has much to do with each other is a novel idea and needs plenty more research in healthy, overweight men and woman in well controlled studies to really give us a clear picture as to their relationship.