Food Facts

Add some cinnamon to your foods!


As little as 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder added to your morning oatmeal or cereal not only seems to reduce blood sugar levels, but appears to lower blood cholesterol levels too.  Some of cinnamon's helpful effects are due to polyphenol polymers in the spice that have an insulin like action.

Cinnamon is a warming spice and can also ease digestive problems.  Before you go to bed, try making a warm cinnamon almond milk drink to calm you down and help you sleep. And remember, cinnamon doesn't only have to be used for sweet dishes, try it on starchy foods too, like pumpkin, squash, and brown rice and in stews.

A. Khan et al., "Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People with Type 2 Diabetes", Diabetes Care 26 (2003): 3215-8

R.A Anderson et al. "Isolation and Characterization of Polyphenol Type-A Polymers from Cinnamon with Insulin-Like Biological Activity", Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 52 (2004): 65- 70
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Health benefits of cilantro

We have so much cilantro growing and the plants are beginning to bolt so I cut a lot of it today and made a big bowl of pesto from it.

The good thing about cooking with cilantro is that the stems have the same taste as the leaves, so when you have a lot, you don't have to worry about pulling off all the leaves from the stems - just use the whole lot.


I made up my own pesto recipe, using walnuts, cilantro, olive oil, a little lemon juice and some water.

Gosh it tastes so vibrant. The way I eat it most is as a dip or spread for crackers.  When you make a large quantity as I have, you can freeze it in little muffin molds then pull one or two out as you need.

There are many so health benefits of cilantro, that it'll make you want to make some pesto too. Here they are:

  • powerful anti-inflammatory effects that may help symptoms of arthritis
  • protective against bacterial infection from salmonella in food products
  • increases HDL cholesterol and reduces LDL cholesterol
  • relief of stomach gas and a digestive aid
  • wards off urinary infections
  • helps reduce feelings of nausea
  • eases hormonal mood swings associated with menstruation and reduces cramping
  • good source of fiber for the digestive tract
  • gives relief from diarrhea
  • helps promote healthy liver function
  • reduces minor swelling
  • good antioxidant properties
  • disinfects and helps detoxify the body - especially good as a chelating agent to remove heavy metals, such as mercury
  • helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar
  • acts as a natural antiseptic and anti fungal agent for skin disorders like fungal infections and eczema
  • boosts the immune system
  • acts as an expectorant
  • helps ease conjunctivitis, as well as eye-aging, macular degeneration and other stressors on the eyes
  • good source of minerals potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium
  • rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, beat carotene

Phew - after reading all that, I should be planting some more so the next batch is ready in a few weeks!

What's your favorite recipe for cilantro (or coriander as we call it in England)?
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