I was recently evaluating my diet for strengths and weaknesses and I came across some info on cinnamon and it's toxicity. Unfortunately for me, I happen to use it quite frequently, because I like the taste, and I've read about its various anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxident properties. From what I understand, cinnamon contains coumarin, which is toxic and has deleterious effects on the liver and kidneys. Different types of cinnamon are safer, due to their varying levels of coumarin content.
Of course, all things in moderation is the safest route, but I'm wondering if anyone else knows of any spice, herb, or anything else we might be coming in contact with often that has these lower toxicity levels?
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on August 17, 2011
at 03:22 AM
Nutmeg has hallucinogenic properties at ridiculously high levels.
I hope no one comes up with something bad about cumin.
on July 20, 2011
at 12:15 AM
I have heard that cinnamon causes mouth cancer(for example if you chew a cinnamon stick). This doesn't deter my cinnamon stick chewing practices though...
on July 31, 2012
at 10:12 AM
I am begining to think that many herbs and spices are more medicinal in nature than things we should be eating regularly.
Cinnonon, tumeric, and tea all lower blood sugar, for example.