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Most scientists won’t admit it, but some of them are a lot like journalists. Some people in both groups seem to get their jollies and make their reputations by debunking the work of others.
Cinnamon is now important enough for glucose control that the debunkers have jumped on it. A group of five scientists in Maastricht, The Netherlands, carefully studied the effects of cinnamon and found that it doesn’t work.
They found that “Cinnamon supplementation does not improve glycemic control in postmenopausal type 2 diabetes patients ”. The Journal of Nutrition published their research in its April 2006 issue.
Specifically, they contradicted “ Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes ” by Richard A. Anderson and his associates at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland and in Peshawar, Pakistan. Earlier I have written about Dr. Anderson’s work on this blog and my website.
The Dutch scientists used the same type of cinnamon, cinnamomum cassia (...
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...
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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