The New Cinnamon Challenge: Learn 3 facts you may not know

By Voujon Stonnall Category: Food Comments: No comment Tags:

We must have all seen the YouTube video. An American lady talks to the camera about something new she had heard of called ‘The Cinnamon Challenge’ and then proceeds to open a packet of ground cinnamon, put it on a large spoon and takes a mouthful.

What happens after that can only be described as one of the funniest videos ever on YouTube as she splutters, coughs and screams for a good four minutes. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the link.

Cinnamon is a spice that we’ve probably all tried, not least on some interesting breakfast cereals, but it is also one of the most important ingredients in Indian Cuisine. Here’s 3 facts about cinnamon you may not know:

  1. It comes from the bark of a tree

Cinnamon as we know it comes from the Cinnamon tree, and the spice is taken from the inner bark. The majority of Cinnamon is grown in India’s island neighbour, Sri Lanka.

  1. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory

According to Care2.com, The Cinnamaldehyde oil in Cinnamon helps stop the release of inflammatory fatty acid arachidonic acid, which means it works as a natural anti-inflammatory

  1. It’s used to treat the common cold

In Chinese medicine, cinnamon is known for its warming properties, and is used to treat a number of ailments, including flu and the common cold.

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