Last night while my husband was preparing my little munchkin’s favorite dessert (yogurt, prunes and cinnamon), he asked me if cinnamon had any health benefits. Well, it turns out it does.
- Cinnamon can help to lower and/or stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Anti-bacterial/anti-microbial – cinnamon has been used to help preserve foods for thousands of years (although most often in the oil form – I WOULD NOT use cinnamon oil for a baby – there is no research to prove any benefits and it is known to be toxic in high quantities). Recent studies show that it helps fight E. coli bacteria, Candida albicans (the fungus responsible for yeast infections like thrush) and Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers).
- Commonly used to fight colds
- Used in eastern medicine to increase energy and vitality (both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese)
- Aid in digestion
So why not sprinkle some cinnamon on your baby’s morning cereal or in yogurt. The little amount that you add (of the commercial spice – preferably organic) won’t do any harm. It just might help a little.
Favorite Cinnamon recipes for baby:
- 4 tablespoons plain whole milk yogurt, 2 tablespoons organic prunes and a sprinkling of cinnamon to taste
HINT: This is a great thing to give your baby every day – helps keep baby regular (prunes) and helps keep thrush away)
- 3 parts ground oatmeal, 1 part ground lentil (cook for about 10 minutes on the stove, whisking repeatedly to avoid sticking), ½ small banana, 2 tbsp organic applesauce, 1 tbsp prunes and a sprinkling of cinnamon to taste
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