A reason to reach for cinnamon
It can combat the effects of a high-fat diet, according to findings presented at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association. In an animal study, rats on a highfat diet who were given cinnamon supplements had 37 percent less visceral fat (dangerous fat around the organs), 25 percent lower levels of blood sugar and 18 percent lower liver weight (a marker of fatty liver disease) after 12 weeks than those not given the cinnamon.
The authors credit cinnamon’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory compounds, which slow fat storage. Previous studies in humans have shown benefits from consuming about 1⁄4 tsp. of cinnamon a day.