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Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

The most difficult part is to diagnose cinnamon allergy as it is crushed to make small pieces before using in the main food. The cinnamon that we usually buy from the shop is named “cassia” in particular. Cassia is the family member of cinnamon, but not an exact cinnamon. Also, some people confuse it with common cold or seasonal allergies and try to overlook it by assuming that they’re suffering from some other allergies. This spice does not include among the 8 most common food allergies and so it might not include in the food labels. Cinnamon is typically mentioned inside a generic group ‘spices’ on food labels. It is the responsibility of a user to scrutinize the list of ingredients of a packaged food to look out for this allergen (Survive From Food Allergy, November 8, 2013).

Common Uses:

Cinnamon bark is widely used as a spice. It is principally employed in cookery as a condiment and flavoring material. It is used in the preparation of chocolate, especially in Mexico, which is the main importer of cinnamon. It is also used in many dessert recipes, such as apple piedoughnuts, and cinnamon buns as well as spicy candiescoffeeteahot cocoa, and liqueurs. True cinnamon, rather than cassia, is more suitable for use in sweet dishes (Wikipedia, nd).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 tbsp (7.8 g)
Calories 19
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 34 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%
Dietary fiber 4.1 g 16%
Sugar 0.2 g
Protein 0.3 g 0%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 7% Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 1%

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