Common Cooking Spice That May Prevent Foodborne Illness

Common Cooking Spice That May Prevent Foodborne Illness
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Common Cooking Spice That May Prevent Foodborne Illness

Read on to learn about the surprising benefits of cinnamon!

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Natural food preservative

As the Washington State study revealed, cinnamon can keep your food fresh without chemical additives as it inhibits bacteria growth. This could provide an easy and effective way to preserve produce and stick to a natural, organic diet.

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Lowers blood sugar

Cassia cinnamon can lower blood sugar in those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to Medical News Today. It allows the stomach to empty more slowly after meals. This will give you more consistent energy levels.

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Helps relieve menstrual pain

Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, which is known to balance hormones in women. It increases progesterone and decreases testosterone which will lead to a more comfortable and regular menstrual cycle.

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Is anti-fungal

Because of its bacteria-fighting properties, cinnamon can be a useful aid when trying to get rid of fungal infections, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is used in suntan lotions, nasal sprays, and mouth washes. Plus, it smells great!

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One downside to being a foodie is the occasional instance of food poisoning from all that eating. It's plagued us all one time or another, and foodborne illness is actually pretty common, with one and 6 people getting sick every year.

Luckily, recent research suggests that cinnamon could be the secret to preventing it! A recent study published at Washington State University reveals that Cinnamomum cassia oil can double as a safe and natural way to kill several strains of E. coli bacteria.

"The oil can be incorporated into films and coatings for packaging both meat and fresh produce," Lina Sheng said in a press release. "It can also be added into the washing step of meat, fruits, or vegetables to eliminate microorganisms." This powerful oil is extremely effective in low doses; just ten drops mixed with a liter of water will kill the bacteria in 24 hours.

Could this be the end of food poisoning?

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about the benefits of cinnamon!

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