Fresh cinnamon is associated with invigorating, warming, aphrodisiac and abdominal-fat-burning effects. Spices like cinnamon revitalise our senses and stimulate our well-being. Cinnamon can help lower blood sugar levels, thereby also reducing fat accumulation and may help reduce abdominal fat and obesity. Since most households have no cinnamon grater, supermarkets tend to stock ground cinnamon. Unfortunately ground cinnamon oxidises quickly, hence losing its taste and health benefits.
The cinnamon grater
For cinnamon to fully develop its beneficial effects, the Cinnamomum cassia, which is obtained from the Chinese cinnamon tree, should be added freshly grated onto food. Since cinnamon bark crumbles easily, it is necessary to use special cinnamon graters. Unfortunately, even with the best cinnamon grater it is difficult to avoid cinnamon bark splitting or breaking apart. In particular, the champion of cinnamons, the rolled Ceylon cinnamon stick, can only be finely grated using a special cinnamon grater, it must also be fresh (from the current harvest). Cinnamonhill offers well crafted, durable cinnamon graters: http://iitm.be/cincasia
Grating fresh Saigon cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon sticks over yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit or pastries is a fragrant and sensual experience.