If I had to choose the ultimate spice to use in the winter season, there is no doubt that cinnamon would be at the top of the list. Not only is it an aromatic spice that is suitable for combining in warming tea, porridge and even stews, cinnamon is also highly recommended for weight loss.Sound surprising? This is how it works: while we enjoy a meal low or high in carbohydrates (but not ketogenic), our body secretes a hormone called insulin, whose function, among other things, is to introduce the sugar that breaks down from the carbohydrates (glucose) into the cells. The energy production process takes place inside the cell and therefore the insulin, which, as mentioned, injects it there, is an essential tool. But pay attention – as soon as there is insulin in the bloodstream, the body goes into anabolic mode (building mode) during which it stores fat. The cinnamon actually mimics the action of insulin and injects the glucose into the cells, but it does something important – it does not cause the body to go into an anabolic state and therefore does not prevent it from burning fat at the same time.
Cinnamon also contains a very large amount of antioxidants. The best known among them are the polyphenols known for their health benefits. A study published in 2020 found that consuming cinnamon supplements may significantly increase the levels of antioxidants in the blood at the same time as reducing inflammation in the body.
Also, cinnamon helps reduce the risk of heart disease. According to a meta-analysis that included 14 studies and was published in 2017,
It seems that the addition of cinnamon to the menu significantly reduces the level of triglycerides and cholesterol concentrations in the blood – two risk factors for vascular diseases.
In short, if you are looking for a good way to start the morning with a warming and nutritious drink that will improve your health and also contribute to your diet, try adding a cinnamon stick to your tea infusion, or add it to a glass of boiling water with lemon. This way you can earn a warming drink and also an effective fat burning in the morning.
Recipe: Oatmeal and cinnamon pear shake
1/3 cup of cooked oats (preferably whole grains – not quark)
A handful of hazelnuts
2-3 dry dates
A spoonful of cinnamon
A glass of warm almond milk
Grind all the ingredients in a food processor until you get the desired texture.The writer isEinav Burstein, consultant and guide for natural nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. to Instagram of Einav