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Cinnamon Contest

Updated on May 29, 2015

Cinnamon Challenge

I’m pretty sure you are wondering what exactly the Cinnamon Challenge is. The Cinnamon Challenge is a contest in which an individual attempts to consume one tablespoon of Cinnamon without using even a drop of water in less than sixty seconds. Have you ever tried this? If you haven’t you shouldn't. The thing is the challenge is practically impossible.

There four different varieties of cinnamon. One of the most eminent being Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon; these types vary in color, flavor, and texture. In a country such as China, cinnamon is a product used to treat nausea, diarrhea, colds, aid diabetics, and enhance digestion. Cinnamon is also used as a spice to flavor food.

Did you know that Cinnamon is actually one of the hoariest spices known? Did you also know that it one of the spices mentioned in the Bible? Cinnamon was used in primordial Egypt not only as a medicine, but flavoring and beverage as well. Cinnamon is found in several parts of the world Caribbean, Brazil, Madagascar, China and to the Indian. A shocking revelation is that it was it was extremely valued. In fact, it was treasured more than Gold. Cinnamon has a vast historical use in diverse cultures of the world. For over 4000 years, it has been used to regulate glucose, gas relief and, as an antibacterial just to mention a few.

The finest cinnamon is found in Sri Lanka; however, the tree is also grown commercially in Sumatra, Egypt, Vietnam, West Indies, Tellicherry in Java, Brazil, and Madagascar. Sri Lanka cinnamon is a smooth bark, with a fragrant odor and a light yellowish brown color. Academic studies reveal that cinnamon controls blood sugar, making it an excellent choice for diabetics. Cinnamon is also necessary for anyone who desires unwavering moods and energy levels. It is also famous in reducing LDL cholesterol intensities.

Cinnamon can help cure Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumor. According to the Cytokine Research Laboratory, cinnamon reduces chronic inflammation linked with these disorders. A half teaspoon of cinnamon every day can significantly cut your bad cholesterol.

An interesting discovery is that cinnamon and honey combined relieve pain associated with arthritis. You will be thrilled to know that added to food, cinnamon obstructs bacteriological growth and food spoilage, rendering it a natural preservative. I’m also happy to inform you that smelling cinnamon increases body function and memory.

Physicians say that the Cinnamon challenge is unmanageable, because the cinnamon cannot be digested in the absence of water. Youngsters risk of injuring their lung tissue, and can even suffer lung failure by sniffing cinnamon's dust. Parents need to caution their kids of the vulnerabilities of trying the cinnamon challenge. The number of calls to poison centers related to teens consuming cinnamon as part of the “cinnamon challenge” has dramatically increased in the recent past.


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      Peter Wathituni 2 years ago from Nairobi

      Well said MsDora. Best if we use it for nutritional benefits. Love that. Thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for explaining and warning about the cinnamon challenge. Best if we use it for its nutritional benefits which you have mentioned. Thanks!

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      Stella Ndiritu 2 years ago

      Great information peter.