Here's some useful information on Watkins world famous cinnamon
WATKINS PUREST GROUND CINNAMON BACKGROUND:
------------WATKINS PUREST GROUND CINNAMON was introduced to the product line in 1895. The entire 20-40 foot Cassia evergreen tree has a cinnamon flavor, but only the first-quality bark from young shoots is used for Watkins Cinnamon. On each shoot there are many different qualities of cinnamon and Watkins painstakingly picks the finest. Ours has 3 to 3.5% essential oil where many others are 2% or less. Did you know that Watkins Cinnamon is the ONLY cinnamon allowed by the FDA to be labelled "Purest Ground"?
Cinnamon was once so highly-prized that wars were fought over it. During the 1st century AD it was 15 times more expensive than Silver. If that were still the case, it would make our 6 oz tin sell for $1,089! It was also believed to have aphrodisiacal powers.
For centuries, the source of cinnamon was a closely guarded secret. Some people say that the search for cinnamon indirectly led to the discovery of America.
HEALTH:-------Recent studies reported in the journal, Diabetes Care, have shown that just 1/4 tsp of cinnamon every day may help to lower blood sugar, fats and cholesterol by up to 30 percent in those with type 2 diabetes. Researchers suggest it may also stave off the onset of type 2 diabetes in those at risk. Study author Dr. Richard A. Anderson of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland noted that diabetics could add a dash of cinnamon to their morning servings of coffee, orange juice or cereal. Anderson and his team found that all cinnamon-takers experienced a drop in blood levels of glucose, fats and cholesterol by up to 30 percent. No change was seen in the people taking placebo. Currently, only cassia cinnamon (such as Watkins Cinnamon) has been shown to affect blood sugar in humans.
-----Cinnamon helps to reduce the bleeding and stinging of a minor cut, and may help to speed healing. To get the best result, wash the cut thoroughly, pat dry and sprinkle with powdered cinnamon before bandaging.
-----Ginger-Cinnamon tea can help to relieve the discomfort associated with nausea and diarrhea. Mix 1 tsp Watkins Cinnamon and 1/4 tsp Watkins Ginger to 1 cup boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
USAGE:------Try Watkins Purest Ground Cinnamon every day on cereal, oatmeal, toast, in french toast or pancake batter, apples, apple sauce, and savory dishes.
-----Place in coffee grounds before brewing for rich flavor and aroma.
-----If you buy cinnamon pastries from the bakery or grocery store, sprinkle Watkins Cinnamon on it to make it taste soooo much better! None of the commercially used cinnamons can hold a candle to the flavor of ours, so you'll improve those products manyfold by adding our cinnamon.-
----Adding Watkins Cinnamon to a bowl of vanilla ice cream make an amazingly good bowl of cinnamon ice cream. I use Bluebell Homemade Vanilla and add enough Watkins Cinnamon to change the color to a nice light tan color and it's delicious!
-----For a quick taste treat, marinate strawberries in orange juice and sprinkle with a dash of Watkins Cinnamon.
-----Combine 1 tablespoon Watkins Cinnamon with ½ cup honey and ½ cup softened butter. Use as a spread on rolls, biscuits, pancakes, or waffles.
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