Cinnamon
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Blood sugar stabilization is an important component to developing and maintaining a lean midsection. Sugar levels that spike and drop in peaks and valleys can mess up insulin levels, causing the body to hold onto fat. Cinnamon is naturally good at maintaining stable blood sugar levels, when consumed with fiber, protein and fat. In a Scandinavian study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that three grams of cinnamon (or .6 teaspoons) can reduce blood insulin levels – the hormone responsible for blood glucose levels. An easy way to add it to your diet is to sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon on your morning oatmeal or cereal; it also makes a great and easy addition to smoothies.