Cinnamon is used as a flavoring agent in soft drinks, teas, and bakery products, and is often added to oatmeal, candy, hot chocolate, tea or coffee, and chewing gums. Cinnamon is also a common ingredient in many Indian curries, popular owing to its delicate aroma and medicinal qualities.
It is used in rich curries like shahi paneer and korma.
- It has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties
- It is a good source of dietary fibre, iron and calcium
- There are several combinations of honey and cinnamon powder that are considered helpful in checking ailments like cholesterol, colds, indigestion, acne etc.
For eg: It is believed that cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and helps in digestion.
Mix three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and apply the paste on the pimples before sleeping. Wash it the next morning with warm water. It is said that following this regime for two weeks will clear the skin.
Ten grams of ground cinnamon contains:
- Energy: 103.4 kJ (24.7 kcal)
- Fat: 0.12 g
- Carbohydrates: 8.06 g (of which - fibres: 5.31 g, sugars: 0.2 g)
- Protein: 0.4 g
Read more about the nutritional values here.