- Megan Vogias, MA Ed
Holiday Baking Essentials: Cinnamon, Ginger, and Honey
These holiday staples are not just beneficial when making gingerbread, biscotti, and frosting for cookies but they also have countless health benefits for your system.
They're also flavorful options if you're looking to add a little flare to a savory dish with squash or grains such rice or oats. Peruse these benefits below for each of these essentials, and if you're low, be sure to add them to your shopping list this week.
CINNAMON As far back as ancient Egypt people have been using cinnamon for medicinal and cooking purposes.
Supports heart health
Packet with antioxidants
Improves sensitivity to insulin
Contains blood sugar lowering properties
Prevents against bacterial and fungal infections
Includes anti-viral properties
Protects your brain
Reduces menstrual cramps
GINGER This root spice comes from a plant that has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years.
Bloating and gas
Contains anti-inflammatory properties
Antiviral and antibacterial properties
Supports cardiovascular health
HONEY Containing nearly 200 substances and having nearly 320 different varieties, this sweetener has been referenced in sacred writings and in Stone Age paintings some 8,000 years ago.
Rich in antioxidants
Regulates blood sugar
Improves heart health
Aids in burn and wound healing
Relieves pain from gastrointestinal conditions
Serves as a reliable cough suppressant
Contains a mix of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron and zinc
!! Please note like anything use these spices in moderation and before adding a capsule of these to your diet. We advise consulting with your dietician or medical professional to confirm any interactions with current medicines, allergies, or treatments. !!
The information provided is a summary of research and information from various sources including Healthline , Cleveland Clinic, Medical News Today, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and the Mayo Clinic.