Isn’t Cinnamon, Cinnamon?
Not for those “in the know.” Turns out that there are several types of the well-known spice, but the two most common are “cassia” and “ceylon.”
Cassia or Ceylon? Studies show benefits from both, but your taste buds may prefer Ceylon.
The Difference Between the Two Ceylon cinnamon, also called “true cinnamon,” comes from crumbly inner bark of the Cinnamomum zeylanicum tree. It’s light brown, and has a sweet and delicate flavor.
Cassia comes from the Cinnamomum cassia plant, and is also called “Chinese cinnamon.” This type is a darker, redder brown, and has a harsher, more overpowering flavor with less sweetness. Cassia sticks are particularly hardy.
Both types of cinnamon have health benefits, including the following.
2. Alzheimer’s Disease.
Other Health Benefits? As far as other health benefits related to cinnamon, such as weight loss, the research is still limited.
Cultures around the world have been using mainly Ceylon cinnamon medicinally and as a flavorful spice for thousands of years. You can’t go wrong by adding more to your diet.