Thursday, September 30, 2010

But What About the More Common Kind of Cinnamon for Type 2 Diabetes?

In our previous posts we've uncovered studies about curry cinnamon for type 2 and type 1 diabetes. There has also, however, been research into the usefulness of the better known aromatic, reddish brown cinnamon as an adjunct treatment for type 2.

Swedish scientists have found that adding 6 grams (2 teaspoons or so) of cinnamon to 300 grams (4 cups) of rice pudding slows the release of sugars by about 35%. Adding cinnamon to your starchy, sweet foods blunts their impact on blood sugar, for sure.

But no type 2 diabetic should ever consume 300 grams of rice pudding in a single serving! The research indicates that spoon or two of cinnamon may be helpful in preventing blood sugar spikes after meals, but you still need to restrict your carbohydrate consumption, since all the carbs will eventually be digested!

Selected Reference:

Hlebowicz J, Darwiche G, Björgell O, Almér LO. Effect of cinnamon on postprandial blood glucose, gastric emptying, and satiety in healthy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Jun;85(6):1552-6.

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