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Adding cinnamon to baked goods makes it possible to reduce the amount of sugar used without sacrificing too much of the sweet taste. You may want to consider using this spice more often in other foods as well, since it can be beneficial for your health. Cinnamon consumption may help lower your heart disease and diabetes risks.
While not all studies using people have shown a beneficial effect of cinnamon in blood sugar control, a significant number of them have, according to an article published in 2013 in "The American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine." Cinnamon seems to help increase insulin sensitivity in people with uncontrolled diabetes. People given 1.5 grams of cinnamon per day experienced greater decreases in fasting blood glucose levels after 30 days than those given a placebo in a study published in 2010 in the "Pakistan Journal of Nutrition." Lowering fasting blood glucose levels and increasing insulin sensitivity both decrease your risk for Type 2 diabetes.
Cinnamon may also help you improve your cholesterol levels. Taking a 500-milligram cinnamon supplement with each meal led to a decrease in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol, in participants of a study published in "The Journal of Paramedical Sciences" in 2011. Decreasing your total and LDL cholesterol levels helps lower your heart disease risk.
Consuming 1.5 grams of cinnamon per day lowered the triglyceride levels of participants with Type 2 diabetes in the 2010 "Pakistan Journal of Nutrition" study more than those of people who took a placebo. The 2011 "Journal of Paramedical Sciences" study also found a beneficial effect of cinnamon on triglycerides. However, both of these studies were relatively small, using 14 and 60 participants, respectively. An analysis, published in "Diabetes Care" in 2008, that combined the results of five studies totaling 282 participants found that taking 1 to 6 grams of cassia cinnamon didn't significantly lower triglyceride levels. Decreasing your triglyceride levels lowers your heart disease risk.
Check with your doctor before consuming large amounts of cinnamon, as it can cause side effects, including increased heart rate, breathing and perspiration followed by sleepiness. This is most likely to occur if you consume more than 6 grams of cinnamon bark per day, as reports of adverse effects in smaller doses aren't common, according to Drugs.com. Cinnamon can also interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, diabetes medications and medications that can harm the liver.