Sweeten up Your Diet with Cinnamon

Used in dishes from Indian curry to all-American apple pie, the once rare bark of the cinnamon tree is now ubiquitous. Because this sweetly scented spice helps balance blood sugar, it can be beneficial to prevent diabetes as well as help those who are already diabetic. Moreover, cinnamon's anti-inflammatory properties can alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. Among its many other uses, cinnamon inhibits the growth of food borne bacteria, thereby not only acting as a food preservative, but aiding digestion and preventing some stomach ulcers as well.