• Focus On: Cinnamon

    Cinnamon is all around us, especially when the air becomes chilled. We use it in our baked goods, in our hot chocolates, even on our children’s cereal. But did you know that cinnamon is the oldest spice known and one of the strongest antioxidants?

    What is Cinnamon?

    Sugar and Spice, and Everything…Healthy?
    By Amy Vergin
  • Cinnamon Chia Pumpkin Crisp

    Weekly Recipe: 

    1 cup gluten-free dry oats

    1/4 cup brown sugar

    1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

    1/2 cup butter, melted

    10 large Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced

    1 (15-ounce) can of pumpkin

    1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

    1/4 teaspoon fresh orange zest

    1/2 cup stevia sweetener

    1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

    2 tablespoons chia seeds

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 9x9 baking dish with nonstick baking spray. In large bowl, combine all ingredients: mix well to combine. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven: Set aside to cool for ten minutes before serving. Serve warm. Recipe courtesy of Amie Valpone at

  • Health News: Cinnamon Improves Blood-Sugar Control for Diabetics

    The number of people affected by diabetes in the European Union (EU) 25 is projected to increase to 26 million by 2030, up from the 19 million currently, according to the 2005-2007 American Diabetes Association figures. In the US, the numbers are more startling. About 24 million people in the US live with diabetes, which is about eight percent of the population.

  • The Spice of Life


    About one in eight American adults over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. Yet a recent study conducted at Tel Aviv University has found that the common spice, cinnamon, helps prevent Alzheimer’s.

  • Spice Up Your Health

    There’s good reason to season: Doctors and dietitians agree that your spice rack can be just as essential as your medicine cabinet when it comes to preventing and treating disease. Research consistently shows that many spices and herbs have medicinal qualities and can help prevent everything from cancer to the common cold.

    By Vicky Uhland
  • Sweet Spice

    Turns out you don’t have to eat five small meals a day to keep blood sugar levels stable: Research shows the polyphenol content in cinnamon actually mimics insulin and activates blood sugar regulator receptors. In a study, type-2 diabetics who took cinnamon powder capsules daily had 20 percent lower blood sugar than a control group.