Cinnamon is the inner bark of a tropical evergreen tree. There are two main varieties:
cassia which is what is sold in stores and Ceylon cinnamon or true cinnamon which
is sweeter and has a more delicate flavor than cassia.
The homey, common cinnamon is packed with healthful benefits. Studies have shown
that just ½ teaspoon of cinnamon can lower LDL cholesterol. It may also have a regulatory
effect on blood sugar, making it beneficial for people with diabetes. When added
to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and spoilage and fights e. coli bacteria when
added to unpasteurized juice. Another study found that smelling cinnamon boosts memory
and cognitive function. And the list goes on.