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Are cinnamon and vanilla good for you?

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Created October 15, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Is it true that vanilla is derived from a legume? Do paleo people not eat vanilla (extract) then?

Cinnamon - what would be the positive reason for eating cinnamon? Are there negative effects?

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on October 15, 2011
at 08:40 AM

I was going to link to the MDA article about cinnamon, too! Great piece.

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on October 15, 2011
at 06:11 AM

A fairly large amount of cinnamon has been shown to have a modest positive effect on insulin sensitivity. It can also be anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic. I think that some cinnamon is a great idea, but a good rule of thumb for potent spices and herbs is not to use them every day, maybe take a couple days a week off, and then maybe a week off every once in a while to avoid any potential negative effects of toxic aspects. I honestly don't know what those might be, but that's what I do.

Here's a good article by Mark Sisson http://www.marksdailyapple.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/

Not sure about vanilla. Here's more Mark Sisson http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-carob-psyllium-chia-seeds-and-vanilla/

Mark has written about pretty much everything ever. He's not the final word on anything in particular, but the dude has views you can use.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on October 15, 2011
at 08:40 AM

I was going to link to the MDA article about cinnamon, too! Great piece.

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on October 15, 2011
at 12:36 PM

cinnamon: fiber/iron/calcium. the oil for its anti-microbial properties. definitely some other positives as well. re: vanilla? it's a seedpod from an orchid. i harvested some in mexico and the plant is lovely. if you don't want to use anything processed then just scrape the seeds out of a pod into whatever you want to use it for. save the husk for other uses that you would want some flavour added.

for me? i think they're good. i do a ton of cooking so they're both heavily utilized, cinnamon more in the winter, vanilla year round.

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on October 15, 2011
at 09:10 AM

I don't eat the both often, but when I do I usually juice a bag of apples, dump the juice into a pan with half a stick of butter, a cinnamon twig and couple drops of vanilla and bring the temp up, not really a simmer, but close. Makes a wonderful holiday drink.

I think it's splitting hairs not to eat plants based on their family. It's a spice not powdered anti-freeze.

But to answer your question, no, vanilla is not a legume, could be wrong but I think it belongs to the Orchid family. Not sure where that fits on the strict list.

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on October 15, 2011
at 02:53 PM

You're overthinking it. The dose makes the poison. A couple vanilla "bean" seeds aren't going to be anything but tasty.

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on October 15, 2011
at 03:41 PM

I think vanilla is an orchid. It has a bean-shaped seed pod, but no relation to legumes.

Health wise, I have no idea, good or bad, but as a matter of policy I'm gonna say bad. For myself, at least, for the time being, all botanicals are bad. I did like cinnamon tea, kinda sweet without any sweetener of any kinda. Sorry to see it go, but I wanna get off my bp meds so I'm going without.

Now I just have to eliminate coffee. Will I survive? Is it possible to live without coffee?

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on October 15, 2011
at 08:32 AM

I use cinammon in coffee every day. Around 1/2tbsp per day. Didn't notice any bad effects.

You must understand that there are 3 kinds but usually you will encounter cassia or Cinnamomum Zeylanicum from Srhi Lanka. The Zeylanicum has lower amount of toxin coumarin (0.005%) but cassia which has 5% is one used in research as beneficial for diabetes.

I use Zeylanicum atm.

Vanilla, i just hate that taste and know nothing about it.

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