The spice that we know as cinnamon is actually Cinnamomum cassia, a darker, spicier, less-expensive cousin of true Ceylon cinnamon. Just 1/2 teaspoon a day of cassia has been found to regulate blood sugar levels, according to a study at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Md. The results may mean that cassia can be helpful in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Cassia is also prized for its potential antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasitic qualities, which may make it effective against yeast infections and the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.
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Caribbean Coconut Rice
This fragrant rice pilaf goes especially well with Indian, Asian, and Caribbean entrées. It’s so good and so simple, though, you’ll probably find yourself making it often to accompany weeknight meals.more
Wild Rice and Dried Cranberry Cookies
Cooked wild rice replaces oats (which can be tainted with gluten) in this variation on old-fashioned oatmeal-raisin cookies.more
Bite-Sized Ginger Cupcakes
These miniature desserts get a touch of flavorful bling from crystallized ginger sprinkled over the creamy frosting.more