13 Facts about Cinnamon
- The biggest cinnamon bun ever was a whopping 118.8kg (almost 19 stone) and was created in Washington, US on the 10th February 2006.
2. Cinnamon is supposedly helpful in the fight against degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s as it activates protective proteins that help stop mutation and damage to cells.
3. A year’s supply of cinnamon was actually burned at the funeral of Roman Emperor Nero’s wife after he killed her as a way of showing his remorse.
4. Ceylon produces that much cinnamon that in the 17th Century the Portuguese and the Dutch started a war over the island.
5. Cinnamon’s flavor strength actually comes from the chemicals cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic aldehyde.
6. An oil extracted from cinnamon, eugenol, has been used as a local anesthetic and antiseptic by dentists.
7. Spanish researchers have managed to develop a paper that keeps bread fresher for longer, possibly even up to 10 days, with cinnamon oil.
8. The use of cinnamon sticks can actually lead to mouth ulcers and gum swelling, which makes me question its antiseptic properties for dentists.
9. Cinnamon contains 100 times more TE or Trolox equivalents than Apples; this is the measurement of Oxygen radical absorbance.
10. October 4th is actually the National Cinnamon Roll day in Sweden.
11. Coli 0157 is an awful bacterium that can actually be defeated almost 100% by cinnamon. An American study found 99.5% of the bug was killed when added to a teaspoon of cinnamon at room temperature in 3 days.
12. Pepsi-Fire is a new fireball-whiskey-like creation from the soft drink giant. The cinnamon-flavored beverage is supposedly horrendous with some describing it as “unexpected and not in a good way”.
13. In 2017 a cat took the internet by storm when it was recorded attempting to steal a full-sized cinnamon bun.
Whether you hate it or love it, cinnamon is a hard-hitting health ally fighting off everything from a common cold to brain-degrading illnesses. The humble brown stick can it seems, flavor your porridge and cure you.
As I said, I love cinnamon but even I think Pepsi-Fire sounds awful – no one wants to combine cinnamon with something completely absurd like soda or chewing gum for that matter. I’m sure in the future, further wonders will be revealed of this spice and I’m going to try using it more often if it packs this much of a punch.
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