Since ancient times, cinnamon is one important spice used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. But…You must be very careful because not all cinnamon is good and real one. Here’s how to differentiate between fake and real cinnamon.
However, there is a significant difference between the true Ceylon cinnamon and the Cassia cinnamon which is usually sold in most of the grocery stores.
The good one is rich in powerful health benefits while the bad one can seriously harm the overall health especially the liver.
How to Differentiate Between Fake and Real Cinnamon?
First of all, both of these types of cinnamon come from different species of tree. The real cinnamon comes from India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Madagascar or the Caribbean while the fake one comes from Indonesia, China, and Vietnam.
Second, these types differ in flavor and appearance. The store sold cinnamon is characterized by dark reddish brown color and spicy flavor while the real one has a lighter color and sweet, mild and delicious flavor.
Third, the most striking difference between these types of cinnamon is the compound’s content known as coumarin.
The Ceylon cinnamon contains about 0.017 g/kg while Cassia cinnamon contains 2.15 -6.97 g/kg of coumarin.
Coumarin is a potent anticoagulant and blood thinner, and it is not recommended for people who use medications such as Warfarin. Along with its effects on the blood, if consumed above the recommended dose, it can harm the liver. The tolerable daily intake is about 0.1 mg/kg of body weight.
So, a person who weighs 68 kg should have about 6.8 mg per day. Because 1 gram of cinnamon contains 2.15-6.97 mg of this substance, you can consume about 1/5 of a tsp per day.
In order to provide the needed health benefits, take more of this but make sure it is the Ceylon type of cinnamon.
How to Choose a High-Quality Cinnamon?
1. Take a look at the cinnamon label. Choose the one labeled as:
- True cinnamon
- Ceylon Cinnamon
- Cinnamomum Verum
2. Make sure you buy organic cinnamon in order to avoid the contamination with preservatives and pesticides.
3. In the case of cinnamon bark, the real cinnamon curls in a circle while the fake one appears in a two-curled stick.
4. The real one is lighter, powdery and fluffy in contrast to the conventional cinnamon.
5. The real one is usually more expensive. However, this may not be the best indication, but it can help a lot.