If you want to maximize flavor without adding extra calories, cinnamon is a top-notch add-in. Brew your coffee with a cinnamon stick so the jazzed-up spice has time to infuse, or add a dash to your cup to enjoy your own version of a holiday specialty drink sans all the sugar.
Cinnamon actually comes from the bark of a tropical evergreen called the Cinnamomum tree, and it has one of the highest antioxidant contents of any spice, according to research from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. It’s been known to reduce inflammation, help lower sugar and triglyceride levels in the blood, soothe nausea, and aid in fat burning. The antiviral and antibacterial properties in the spice are also said to boost your immune system (and ward off colds.) It’s also packed with manganese, iron, calcium.Back to top