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...
More than 11 years ago I first publicized how cinnamon could help people with type 2 diabetes to control their insulin resistance. Since that time more studies have come out. Some of them indicated that cinnamon might not help, and I wrote here five years ago that I had second thoughts about it. Now, I have third thoughts. A meta-analysis published yesterday shows that cinnamon -- especially cinnamon extract -- produces a modest but statistically signification reduction of fasting blood glucose. The study, “Cinnamon Intake Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose: Meta-Analysis,” appears in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food , and the abstract is online . The authors are Paul A. Davis of the Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, and Wallace Yokoyama of the Western Regional Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Davis kindly sent me the full-text of the study on my request. Several of the earlier studies didn’t “discretely...
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...
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