In another Healing Gourmet article, you’ve learned that cinnamon reduces inflammation. But this is not the only attribute of this superfood spice.
Cinnamon is also a potent anti-microbial agent exerting this function not only in the body… but also in food.
Cinnamon for Digestive Health: Beat The “Bad” Bugs with Spice
These properties are so pronounced that cinnamon can even be used as an alternative to traditional preservatives. The International Journal of Food Microbiology published a study where three drops of cinnamon essential oil was added to 3 ounces of carrot broth. The broth was then refrigerated.
The tiny amount of cinnamon oil completely inhibited the growth of Bacillus cereus, a food poisoning pathogen. This effect lasted for at least 60 days. When the broth was refrigerated without cinnamon oil, B. cereus flourished despite the cold temperature.
Not only did the cinnamon oil preserve the food, but it improved the flavor, noted the researchers.
Boost Flavor, Digestive Health and Food Safety with Cinnamon
Adding cinnamon to your foods has a wide range of heath benefits – from balancing blood sugar and reducing inflammation, to slowing physical aging and helping to prevent food poisoning.
To get the benefits, choose organic cinnamon and store in a cool, dark place for maximum potency.