We love cinnamon. This warm and fragrant spice is delicious in oatmeal, sprinkled on sliced apples or added into coffee. And, according to the USDA, consuming as little as 1/4 tsp can speed up the metabolism of sugar 20 times, lowering blood-sugar levels and promoting weight loss. Penn State researchers also revealed that diets rich in cinnamon can help reduce the body’s negative responses to eating high-fat meals, such as elevated triglycerides in the blood.
Goods news for our brains, too: One study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, showed that cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin, two compounds found in cinnamon, might help protect against the development of Alzheimer’s.
Instead of adding cinnamon directly to your coffee, try adding it to your coffee grinds before brewing. Doing it this way produces a more thoroughly infused cup of joe without a powdery texture.