Cinnamon Puts the Brakes on Post-Pudding Blood Sugar Swings
If you like cinnamon on your pudding, you could be in luck. In a Swedish study of fourteen healthy pudding-eating subjects, a teaspoon of cinnamon sprinkled on top dampened the post-meal blood glucose rises usually seen after a pudding fest.
To discover how the six grams of cinnamon affected blood glucose rises, the researchers used ultrasound scans to measure gastric emptying, or how quickly the pudding left the stomachs of the subjects when they had cinnamon versus when they went cinnamonless. They found that the pudding moved out more slowly when accompanied by the cinnamon, presumably resulting in the reduced rise in post-pudding blood sugar.
Previous research has indicated that forty days of cinnamon supplementation causes a dip in fasting blood sugar and cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. However, a recent study of adolescents with type 1 diabetes showed no such effect.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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