Lose Weight with Easy Cinnamon + Honey Tea Recipe
Cinnamon is a cozy, comfort tea.
Cinnamon is loaded with more than spicy goodness.
The MayoClinic.org claims cinnamon is a prebiotic. This means that it helps feed the healthy probiotics that aid in digestion.
Cinnamon has long been considered by many health sources including WomensHealth.org to reduce bad cholesterol and to lower blood sugar levels. Half a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon a day is recommended to help regulate blood sugar levels.
A good way to get your daily dose of cinnamon is to sip it in a tea.
Perhaps cinnamon’s most attractive health feature, however, is it’s recent claim to fame as contributing to weight loss.
Because of its ability to help process sugars, cinnamon may help reduce fat accumulation in the body.
Easy Recipe for Cinnamon-Honey Weight-loss Tea
Boil 1 cup water.
Place 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder in a cup and add the water.
Steep for 30 minutes (covered is best).
When the tea has cooled, stir in 1 tsp. organic, raw, unprocessed honey.
For best results sip a cup of cinnamon tea twice a day, before breakfast and about 1/2 hour before you go to bed.
You can enjoy cinnamon tea hot, cold or at room temperature. You can reheat cinnamon tea, as long as you haven’t added the honey. If you’ve already added the honey, heating your tea will destroy the nutrients in the honey.
Not All Cinnamon is Created Equal
There’s one big word of caution about cinnamon that is often overlooked.
There is a MAJOR difference between Cassia cinnamon from China, and Ceylon (or Sri Lankan) cinnamon that comes from the tiny island of the same name. You want to make sure you are using Ceylon cinnamon.
In fact, the only true cinnamon is Ceylon cinnamon from Ceylon.
Cassia cinnamon comes from a different plant, the Cassia tree, that grows in parts of China and Asia. The plants are related, however, they offer vastly different health benefits.
Both plants offer heart health, and blood regulating health benefits but where they differ is in their level of coumarins. Cassia cinnamon contains high amounts of coumarins. Coumarins help blood to coagulate.
Ingesting too many coumarins, which are found in Cassia cinnamon, can pose health risks for some people.
Opt for Ceylon cinnamon instead.
Many people don’t know this and they mistakenly ingest large quantities of Cassia cinnamon which contains high amounts of coumarin.
If you use cinnamon often make sure it is from Ceylon.
How can you tell if it’s Ceylon Cinnamon?
Ceylon cinnamon is lighter in color, and the bark sticks break easily.
If you aren’t able to snap the cinnamon bark in half in one try, you have Cassia cinnamon.
You may have to do a little searching for Ceylon cinnamon. I often order mine online. I’ve found that Whole Foods carries Ceylon cinnamon.
You don’t have shy away completely from Cassia cinnamon. It’s perfectly fine to use it less regularly, for the times when you might use it for baking, or cooking.
Just to be on the safe side, if you intend to use cinnamon daily, stick with Ceylon cinnamon for best results.
Cinnamon + Honey Tea Recipe from Livestrong.com.
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