The 1958, “Life” magazine advertisement touted sugar as the pure energy food for growing boys. As a child we mixed sugar and cinnamon in a shaker to be sprinkled over white toast covered with margarine. What a treat! At the time none had any idea how unhealthy the choice but it mattered not. I guess it is a wonder we survived. Obesity was uncommon for we were always sent outside to play.
We had no idea that cinnamon was a tree bark or that is was good for blood sugar control. We didn’t even know it was mentioned in the Bible as holy anointing oil or as a perfume for the lover’s bed. We did not know that in ancient times its source was a closely guarded secret by spice traders. We did not know that the Portuguese, Dutch, and British fought over the
territory of Ceylon ( ) for the precious spice. Sri Lanka was the source for the true cinnamon (Cinnamonum verum). Cassia, also mentioned in the Bible, from Sri Lanka is a more common spice and likely the product you purchase in stores. China cinnamon is more aromatic, but cassia has a stronger flavor. Ceylon
A 2003 study by the National Institute of Health demonstrated that cinnamon reduced blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics. It also improved triglycerides 23 to 30%, and cholesterol 12 to 27%. Cinnamon has also been reported as a potent antiviral.