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[IP] now thats a spicy meat ball
A friedn sent me this from Healthscout...thought it was interesting...What I
like MOST about this article is how is A( differentiates between types of
diabetes; B) that is does not claim to be a cure or a substitute for insulin,
but more a "why the hell not...it can't hurt" type of thing...as with
anything YMMV...pass the cinnamon toast...
HealthSCOUT @ SafetyAlerts</A>
TITLE: Cinnamon helps the body use sugar
Cinnamon can do more than just flavor your food. Researchers at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture have found that the spice -- actually, the ground
bark from a tropical plant -- makes cells more responsive to insulin. This
may benefit some people with adult-onset diabetes, although it would not help
those who inject insulin to control their disease.
A report from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service explains that the
active ingredient in cinnamon increased sugar metabolism about 20-fold in
laboratory experiments. Whether cinnamon works as well in diabetics won't be
known until clinical studies are done.
Until the medical trials are complete, diabetics shouldn't use cinnamon in
place of any prescribed medication. A wire service report in The Times of
India quotes Richard Anderson, the scientist who led the research team, as
saying that it's safe enough for diabetics to add the spice to their diet to
see if it helps to control their blood sugar. "We recommend people take a
quarter to a full teaspoon a day of cinnamon, perhaps in orange juice,
coffee, or on oatmeal," he says.
Of course anyone looking to use cinnamon to improve their blood sugar still
needs to eat sensibly. Sprinkling cinnamon on, say, a deep-fried chocolate
bar won't make it healthful. [NOTE: SARA SP DID NOT WRITE THAT!!!| That's
not as absurd an example as you might think. A Scottish chef introduced just
that at a Paris restaurant earlier this year, as The Times of London reports.
The menu also included chocolate-filled ravioli and chicken in 7UP. (In case
you're wondering, Scotland has one of the highest rates of heart disease in
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