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Comment: I was wondering about the rumor is it impossible to eat a Tbs. of
cinnamon. I soppose this would be unditermind because it really depends on
the person I would just like to know thanks.

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I like the specificity of this - "a tablespoon of cinnamon". What, just by itself? Or mixed with sugar?Or enough cinnamon muffins to have a spoonful? During a life time or all at once? Chase it down with vodka, and you'll be fine...

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I myself have eaten a teaspoon of cinnamon on numerous occasions, since it is recommended herbal treatment for controlling blood sugar. (Usually I add it to coffee when it is brewing).

You do have to be careful not to inhale the cinnamon, since it is a fine powder. I usually hold it on my tongue until I can wash it down with a glass of water. Otherwise no problems. It doesn't taste nasty, and is not particularly "spicy" - that is if you are worried about it burning your throat as it goes down, don't be.

Oh, and I've also found it is good for an upset tummy, so swallow away.

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quote:
Originally posted by Shiny Happy Horse Chestnut:
I myself have eaten a teaspoon of cinnamon on numerous occasions, since it is recommended herbal treatment for controlling blood sugar.

tell me more??

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Interesting...

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Cinnamon


The sweet and spicy flavor of cinnamon has been used by many different cultures for its medicinal properties for hundreds, even thousands, of years.

One of the most talked about benefits of cinnamon relates to type 2 diabetes. A study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It also reduces triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels among this group.

Cinnamon’s other benefits include:

Supports digestive function
Constricts and tones tissues
Relieves congestion
Relieves pain and stiffness of muscles and joints
Relieves menstrual discomfort
Blood-thinning compounds that stimulate circulation
Anti-inflammatory compounds that may relieve arthritis
Helps prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum disease
It’s a powerful anti-microbial agent that can kill E. coli and other bacteria



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goes WOW.

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quote:
Originally posted by marRAYreya:
goes WOW.

WOW indeed. In fact, after reading that article again, I've got to get back in the habit of taking my spoonful a day (since I don't drink much coffee in the winter).

I'm due for some bloodwork next month. It will be interesting to see if there has been any change in my levels since two years ago.

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It's a daft thing to try - fines, ultra-small particles, of cinnamon are very likely to cause the eater to choke or cough as they catch the back of the throat or enter the osophagus, but the same could be said of a spoonful of any fine powder.

If you were careful you could swallow the powder - if you were smart you'd mix it to a paste and wash it down with water - depending on how badly you want to eat cinnamon [Wink]

Watch these idiots try it...takes a few seconds to load.

http://www.big-boys.com/articles/cinamon.html

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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:
If you were careful you could swallow the powder - if you were smart you'd mix it to a paste and wash it down with water - depending on how badly you want to eat cinnamon [Wink]

Cinnamon becomes a mucilage when mixed with water, not a paste. Stir it into a glass and you'll have yourself a big ol' glass of water with cinnamon-flavored snot floating on the surface. Now that's disgusting.
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Why would you want to mix it with water when you can blend it with butter & sugar and spread it on toast?

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Or when you can mix it in with crumb topping and have an apple crisp?

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quote:
Originally posted by Shiny Happy Horse Chestnut:
I myself have eaten a teaspoon of cinnamon on numerous occasions, since it is recommended herbal treatment for controlling blood sugar. (Usually I add it to coffee when it is brewing).


^ Yes, very true--my FIL has noticed huge effects in his blood sugar by consuming cinnamon. I will tell him about putting it in his coffee as well, since he can't drink regular soda anymore, and has resorted to the morning cup o' joe to get caffeine.

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well, okay ...I'm feeling really gullible, but... I've mixed 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of cinnamon into my cereal for the last two mornings.

Probably coincidence, but...we've been fighting colds for weeks, Lil Miss has a scary fever-vomiting-coughing flu ....and I'm feeling better than I have in weeks - I'm exhausted, but uncongested, and generally feeling okay [touch wood, specifically cinnamon bark]

So, I'll keep it up for a while, I think.

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Comment: If you were to eat a spoon full of cinnamon would i really die of
loss of breath?

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I did. Did you?

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Cinnamon and many other taste powders aren't good to try by it's substance alone really. There is a chance of making you sick from it but it's not toxic as a standalone product.

There is a chance it can build up along the way down to your stomach and ends up getting stuck on the tracts or even into your lungs because it wasn't dilluted properly.

I've tried to ingest "Crystal Light Sugar Free On The Go mix" once which your supposed to put in a 20 ounce bottle of water really. Left my mouth soured and colored teeth for a couple hours. It also made me very sick with diarehha too.

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However some powders are made for ingestion such as WONKA's sugar canes where you suck it in your mouth and swallow leaving a sweet taste, but it can make you sick from overeating.

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'taste powders' ?

You mean 'spices'? [Wink]

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I tried a spoonful of cinnamon recently...and it's not something I'd want to repeat on a daily basis. I also tried adding it to filter coffee but it turned to what looked like a brown snot topping. I'm getting along fine with cinnamon capsules now.
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Put the cinnamon in the filter with the coffe while it's brewing. Much easier.
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Thanks Gayle I'll give it a go.
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Nope, nope, nope. If you put the cinnamon in the filter with the coffee, that cinnamon-turns-to-snot thing can still happen, only this time it clogs the filter, causing coffee to leak out over everything. Trust me, I've had this happen.

What works best for me is this - I use Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon - it's got the best flavor of any of them I've tried, and I've tried pretty much all of them.

I dump about a tablespoon of cinnamon into the bottom of the pot prior to brewing. It doesn't turn my coffee to sludge, gives it a delicious flavor, and while the dregs of the cup might be a little...chewy, what the hell, it's worth it to get that yummy cinnamon coffee.

Giant food stores used to sell their own brand of cinnamon coffee, I think it was called "Viennese Cinnamon" and it was fabulous. But they stopped selling it, and now all they have is that crappy cinnamon-hazlenut stuff that tastes like silt.

Ali "cinnamon is my middle name...but I'm thinking of changing it to my first" Baba

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I've been stirring it into my porridge. But then, I like crud in my goop - it also has linseed, cranberries, crystallised ginger.... and it's GOOoooOOOOD

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I think to gain the diabetes benefits you need the plain old ground pure cinnamon. I stir a small amount in each cup of coffee.

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One thing of note here: The principal compound in cinnamon that gives most of the benefits mentioned above is 'eugenol', or 'clove oil'. This compound is not present in cassia, which is a very close relative of cinnamon, and is more than likely what everyone here has in their spice rack.

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Fresh [grindable] cinnamon stick-like things, too?

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Yes, those too. True Cinnamon sticks are very thin and crumble easily. Here's a good link. There are links at the bottom of the page where you can read about and order true 'Ceylon' Cinnamon. The company, Penzey's Spices, is very highly recommended.

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quote:
Originally posted by Phaedra:
I'm getting along fine with cinnamon capsules now.

Can you get those at GNC?

This is off the topic of cinnimon, but still spices. Has anyone else been carded when buying whole cloves recently? I haven't been carded for a drink in 25 years, but got carded at WalMart the other day when I was buying cloves for spiced pears.

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I've no idea what GNC is tinbobmc so Im afarid I can't help you there. I get mine in my local health food shop.
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GNC stands for "General Nutrition Centers, Inc." It is a popular health food, vitamin and supplement franchise in The States. Pretty much every shopping mall has one. Their website is www.gnc.com.

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quote:
Originally posted by Shiny Happy Horse Chestnut:
quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:
If you were careful you could swallow the powder - if you were smart you'd mix it to a paste and wash it down with water - depending on how badly you want to eat cinnamon [Wink]

Cinnamon becomes a mucilage when mixed with water, not a paste. Stir it into a glass and you'll have yourself a big ol' glass of water with cinnamon-flavored snot floating on the surface. Now that's disgusting.
Oh good point... That IS true. I know because I tried mixing cinnamon with water once to make a cinnamon-scented spray...don't ask...

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Why on earth would they ask for ID when buying cloves?

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You can get the eugenol effects from chewing cloves as well. Just chew one lightly on the stem part for a little while- and it makes your breath nice and fresh too!
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I have a diabetic cat and I test her blood sugar twice a day before her insulin injections. I have found that if I sprinkle cinnamon on her food regularly, there is a 10-20 point drop in her blood sugar levels.
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