Cinnamon Puts the Brakes on Post-Pudding Blood Sugar Swings


By: Linda von Wartburg

If you like cinnamon on your pudding, you could be in luck. In aSwedish study of fourteen healthy pudding-eating subjects, ateaspoon of cinnamon sprinkled on top dampened the post-meal bloodglucose rises usually seen after a pudding fest.

To discover how the six grams of cinnamon affected blood glucoserises, the researchers used ultrasound scans to measure gastricemptying, or how quickly the pudding left the stomachs of thesubjects when they had cinnamon versus when they went cinnamonless. They found that the pudding moved out more slowly when accompaniedby the cinnamon, presumably resulting in the reduced rise inpost-pudding blood sugar.

Previous research has indicated that forty days of cinnamonsupplementation causes a dip in fasting blood sugar and cholesterolin people with type 2 diabetes. However, a recent study ofadolescents with type 1 diabetes showed no such effect.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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