Two teaspoons of ground cinnamon powder contain nearly 10 percent of the recommended daily value of iron and 38 percent of the recommended daily value of the mineral manganese.
Good for You!
Cinnamon contains three primary oil components—cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol—that account for many of its health benefits. Cinnamaldehyde reduces unnecessary clotting of blood platelets and may also have anti-inflammatory properties. In laboratory tests, cinnamon also appears to discourage the growth of bacteria and fungi, including the yeast candida. For that reason, this spice is being researched for its ability to function as a natural food preservative.
Cinnamon also seems to slow the rate at which the stomach digests food, reducing the sudden rise of blood sugar after meals. It has also been studied for its interaction with insulin, and may emerge as an important food for those with Type 2 diabetes.
Select and Store
While cinnamon sticks keep longer, ground cinnamon powder has more flavor. Store cinnamon in a sealed container in a cool, dry place. If stored properly, ground cinnamon will keep for up to six months, cinnamon sticks for up to a year. Storing cinnamon in the refrigerator will enhance its shelf life. If your cinnamon no longer smells sweet, it has probably lost its freshness.