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I bet you thought that nothing could get more natural than a stick of cinnamon. Wrong. Even cinnamon can be decieving. One way to tell pure cinnamon is by the price. Real cinnamon is more expensive than what you are used to seeing in the grocery store. It is almost impossible to tell by looking at different types of ground cinnamon which one is genuine and which one is an imposter. Manufacturers are not required to stipulate the scientific names of spices so reading the label is of little help. Here is the only proven way that you can tell the difference in cinnamon.

True Cinnamon – Cinnamomum zeylanicum or Cinnamomum Verumis also called Ceylon cinnamon. It comes from Sri Lanka and is harvested from the inner bark of the tree. If you live in Great Britain, it’s likely that you have been using ‘true’ cinnamon which is said to be sweeter and have a more subtle taste. Fresh cinnamon sticks are thin with several layers. The roll up from one side only, similar to a cigar. Fine and easily crushed, they are far lighter in color.

Counterfeit Cinnamon – Cinnamomum cassia or Chinese cinnamon or Cassia cinnamon comes from an altogether different plant that Ceylon cinnamon. The flavor is less delicate and it is far cheaper to purchase. Technically, cassia can still be considered cinnamon because it belongs to the same family of trees as Ceylon. A culinary master can tell you that Ceylon cinnamon is the ‘real stuff’ and cassia is imitation. The Cassia cinnamon sticks roll up from both sides and meet in the middle, similar to a scroll. They are much firmer and harder than real cinnamon sticks. Almost impossible to grind, they have a darker brown-reddish tint.

Most Americans have been raised on Cassia cinnamon and have never known it. However, this type does contain a toxin that can be harmful to the liver when consumed in large doses. Coumarin is a sweet-smelling chemical that is naturally found in cassia. It’s even been used as an additive to perfumes and pipe tobacco to improve the scent. Unless you smother everything that you eat in Cassia cinnamon, you probably have no worries. But it is nice to know that you do have a choice. Look for Ceylon cinnamon is you want the real and healthy variety.

Excerpts from: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/11/will-the-real-cinnamon-please-stand-up.html



Kathy Garton
Kathy Garton

Over the past 50 years, I have been lucky enough to witness powerful changes in technology, nutrition, culture, and life in general, some good and some bad. Only from experience can you see the big picture of an evolving world. After getting past the excitement of frozen meals, furnishings made of plastic and the Internet, the reality began to set in. More illnesses, especially respiratory, cardiovascular and uncontrollable weight gain were becoming the normal conditions of society. Rewind 50 years and the answers are apparent.

Hi. I am Kathy and this site was created to share ideas and educate others on how to live a healthier, more meaningful life. I grew up on a farm where we raised our own food and animals for consumption. We never had air conditioning or a microwave oven and I felt as though we were living in the dark ages. What I would give to go back to that time.

I have been a professional writer for over 20 years and have always being drawn to the natural aspects of life. I also worked for a petroleum company for 15 years and discovered many facts about how this product impacts our world. Through years of research, it has become crystal clear that we are making our lives less enjoyable by taking shortcuts through unnatural, manmade means. There can be a happy balance and by learning where we went wrong, the best of both worlds is possible.

After years in corporate America, I moved to a 3-acre mini-farm where I continue my research and writing along with my kitties, Lizzie, Shadow and BK and bulldog, Bux.

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