Dr. Manny's Notes: Latin Powerfood #5 - Cinnamon

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SPICE IS LIFE:One of the things that makes this diet so healthful is its use of herbs (fresh whenever possible) and spices that complement the ingredients and add depth without the fat. This trick--the less fat and more flavor trick--has been traditionally practiced in Latin America for centuries. It's the technique of using sprinkles of cumin, oregano, and cilantro, which add not only taste but also health benefits. In fact, cumin, which is a great replacement for salt in many dishes, has been found to have ten times the antioxidant power of vitamin C. And it could also help protect against cancer.

Which brings me to my next powerfood on the list...CINNAMON!

A half teaspoon a day of cinnamon can lower sugar levels in your blood, and studies show that cinnamon can aid in the prevention of diabetes. Cinnamon is also high in antioxidants, not to mention flavor. You can sprinkle cinnamon on fruits or whole grains instead of sugar for a delicious treat. You will also benefit from its sensually warming and cholesterol-lowering qualities. First used medicinally in Egypt and India and in parts of Europe since about 500 BC, this spice is now part of many Latin American and Caribbean cuisines.