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Cinnamon and diabetes

Cinnamon graterBelieved by many to have a good effect on moderating blood sugars and even in preventing type 2 diabetes, the name cinnamon comes, via Greek and ancient Hebrew, from the Indonesian words which mean ‘sweet wood’. The two most highly prized types are from Sri Lanka and Vietnam, although supermarket cinnamon generally comes from Indonesia or China. Actually the peeled bark of the cinnamon plant, part of the Laurel family, and harvested by hand, the thin inner bark is peeled off the cinnamon branch after the rainy season when it is soft then curls as it dries. Long touted as a magical preventor of diabetes, research is still ongoing. It seems that just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day has previously been shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. You can read more here.

These graters are made by Graham in Lancashire from oak while the grater blades are made from stainless steel laser-etched in Birmingham.

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