Why You Should Eat Cinnamon and Cayenne Today

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We may not think of them as health foods, but many spices are actually considered super foods.

Although earlier studies suggesting cinnamon could reduce blood sugar in people with diabetes have not lived up to the promise, this mild yet powerful spice has benefits that go beyond reducing blood sugar.

Cinnamon’s phytochemical compounds, for example, help control cholesterol and triglycerides.

Cinnamon also has high levels of inflammation-inhibiting antioxidants called polyphenols, which may protect against diseases related to oxidative damage, including atherosclerosis, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

Plus, cinnamon is an excellent form of manganese, fiber, iron and calcium.

Cayenne’s phytochemical capsaicin, meanwhile, helps heart health by reducing cholesterol and triglycerides. It also improves digestion and reduces gas, and may also help prevent and treat some cancers.

Even though mild peppers such as bell and paprika contain capsaicin, it is found in greater concentration in peppers with more heat, like jalapeno, chili and cayenne. (Interestingly enough, despite its heat, cayenne actually sets off a “cooling center” in your brain, which brings your body temperature down.)

Mix cinnamon and cayenne together, and you’ve got a healthy, nutritious seasoning to add to your protein shakes, oatmeal, eggs, drinks and more. And there are so many ways to incorporate cinnamon and cayenne into your everyday foods.

Craving something sweet and spicy for breakfast? Chop up an apple, sprinkle with cayenne and cinnamon and microwave on high for 30 seconds to soften. Eat alone or mix with oatmeal. I like to add ¼ cup of raw oatmeal–it’s like muesli–to the warm apples.

You can also warm up your mornings by adding cayenne and cinnamon to your ground coffee beans for a spicy java.

Fitness model Maggie Diubaldo suggests this delicious breakfast shake with something she’s dubbed “Maggie Love”: cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and stevia, all to taste.

 

  • 1 cup All Whites 100% Liquid Egg Whites
  • Maggie Love, to taste

    Blend ingredients in a blender or mixer so that the egg froths on top.

    If you’ve got more time, try this Breakfast Surprise:

  • 1 cup All Whites 100% Liquid Egg Whites
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 tbsp natural nut butter
  • 2 packets of stevia natural sweetener
  • cinnamon
  • cayenne pepper

    Mix all the ingredients together in a large non-stick frying pan at medium to low heat. Scramble together like scrambled eggs until fully cooked.

    If you’ve got a sweet tooth, add cinnamon, cayenne, 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 packets of Splenda or stevia to a cup of skim milk for a warm treat.

    You can also add cinnamon and cayenne to spice up vanilla or chocolate protein shakes.

    Why does this matter to you? Because eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland! Heat things up with cinnamon and cayenne and get a nutritional boost from these nutritious spices.