It matters which type of cinnamon you use to help control your diabetes. Some types are more expensive than others. And some types might taste better than others to you, although my taste buds aren’t sensitive enough to tell much difference. But all types of cinnamon can reduce blood glucose levels.
The wave of interest in cinnamon as herbal medicine started half a dozen years ago when U.S. Agriculture Research Service scientists found that its most active compound – methylhydroxy chalcone polymer – increased glucose metabolism 20-fold in a test tube assay of fat cells. The researchers, led by chemist Richard A. Anderson, tested 50 plant extracts and found that none of them came close to this compound’s effect on glucose metabolism.
When the Agriculture Research Service announced its findings, I interviewed Dr. Anderson. At that time he told me that they tried all species of cinnamon and they all worked similarly. “We also tried numerous commercial bottles of cinnamon and they also...
I’m sitting here with a bag of tart fall apples that I will never make any headway with, one apple at a time. I could bake them up in an apple pie, but butter is like a loaded gun to me. Double crust apple pies typically call for three or four sticks of butter, which translates to somewhere around 12 to 15 grams of saturated fat per slice, about the same as a McDonalds quarter pounder with cheese, and we haven’t even gotten around to the mandatory scoop of ice cream.
I’ve heard of innocent people being terrorized by apple pie-wielding street gangs.
Fortunately, there’s an elegant and simple solution. If you know how to turn the oven on, you’re in business.
McMan’s Safe Cinnamon Apple Crisp
Peel, core, and slice about six tart apples. For those who regard food prep as a chore, this is by far the toughest part of the recipe. In the right frame of mind, however, a bit of tedium and monotony translates into restful Zen quiet. To prevent the apple slices from browning, I stick them in...
Airport security is located in the wrong places. We don’t need protection from little old ladies with explosives hidden in their orthopedic shoes. If the name of the game is getting to our destination alive, then how about placing impenetrable security barriers between us and those ubiquitous Cinnabon stands? According to the June 1996 Nutrition Action , one cinnabon contains an astonishing 34 grams of fat, 14 of them saturated or trans. That’s the equivalent, they say, of a Big Mac plus a hot fudge sundae. Oh yes, and 670 calories.
So how can the Cinnabon people possibly make a biohazard out of what is essentially flour and water? I’ve been told on good authority that first they tried adding stolen plutonium, but then some evil genius figured out they could create the same effect with obscene quantities of margarine and cream cheese and sugar. The beauty of this diabolical scheme is all these ingredients are legal.
I whip up quick batches of cinnamon buns out of leftover bread dough...
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