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March 20, 2011 7:33 AM
I believe cravings can often be an indicator of what our bodies need (taking a magnesium supplement has curbed my constant chocolate cravings), but I'm stumped on this one. For the past week or so, I have had really strong cravings for cinnamon. Not for anything in particular, such as a cinnamon roll, but just wanting cinnamon in general. I've always liked cinnamon, just not something I use a lot. I understand cravings can be both emotional and physical, but I don't have any emotional ties to this spice.

I've been searching Google, trying to get some insight, but all I can find is info about how cinnamon is supposed to help curb cravings for sweets...that doesn't answer my question.

Anyone have any ideas? Just curious...
  1102747
March 20, 2011 7:36 AM
I read recently on one of the posts on here how cinnamon is one of the 10 food that helps boost metabolism. If you have a craving for them, go ahead and sprinkle some on oatmeal, toasts, coffee, etc...
March 20, 2011 7:38 AM
sugarfree applesauce. yummy!
  824430
March 20, 2011 7:39 AM
cinnamon is a natural blood sugar stabilizer. I know diabetics that take it in pill form that it has made significant improvements in their CBG's.... I use it on and in tons of stuff from tea to soup.
  226682
March 20, 2011 7:44 AM
Cinnamon is great for you! I like to eat it on hot cereal/oatmeal/porridge, and sometimes, I make toast, put jam on it, and sprinkle the cinnamon on the jam! Yum!! It's also particularly good for those with TOM cramps, because, like cayenne, it can make you feel warmer (or something like that. I don't remember the scientifics of it). bigsmile
  652532
March 20, 2011 7:45 AM
Don't know why you might be craving it but I have heard cinnamon is very good for you. I sprinkle it on cottage cheese or add it to plain greek yogurt with a splash of vanilla. Yum!
  3368433
March 20, 2011 8:28 AM
Not sure why you would crave it. I've read, like others, it's good for stabilizing blood sugar and good for metabolism. I love it in coffee in the morning, or added to sugar free yogurt. I wonder IF perhaps, you are eating less of other things [you mentioned chocolate] your tastebuds might be changing.. and "filling in" areas where you used to eat other foods? Just a thought. flowerforyou
  4600265
March 20, 2011 8:33 AM
my faves with cinnamon: plain oatmeal, coffee, and diet hot chocolate with a dash of cinnamon! also, on wheat toast. delicious.
  3403194
March 20, 2011 4:46 PM
QUOTE:

my faves with cinnamon: plain oatmeal, coffee, and diet hot chocolate with a dash of cinnamon! also, on wheat toast. delicious.

I've put it in tea before too.
  652532
August 19, 2011 6:22 AM
Cinnamon is particularly beneficial when you're dieting because it helps curb cravings and helps regulate blood sugar. Cinnamon is also a good source for Manganese, Iron, Calcium, and Fibre, which you will be lacking if you are dieting, as you're reducing your food and calorie intake. Cinnamon is also a great source of vitamin K. If you are wheat / gluten intolerant or allergic then you may have a vitamin K deficiency. I always have cinnamon and blueberries when I'm low on vitamin K to get an immediate boost. If you're craving cinnamon though, chances are it's because of one of the reasons above. It has wonderful medicinal and health qualities so don't be worried - put cinnamon everything you can/want, it will do wonders!
February 24, 2012 9:05 AM
Thank God, a little insight! I just got this cinnamon craving two nights ago. I was making cheese stuffed shells and got the urge to put cinnamon in the cheese mixture, so I did. Here's the thing, I was cooking for my boyfriend. I DIDN'T EAT (or want) DINNER. I had an Isagenix shake. Smelling the cinnamon helped that craving, but then last night I had to go to CVS for Hot Tamales. I gave up chocolate for Lent. Do you think the two are connected?
  4002664
February 24, 2012 9:15 AM
I have just added some ground cinnamon to my breakfast shake in the morning, adds flavor and I feel like I've had my cinnamon fix. I did read that cinnamon also takes away sugar cravings, although I have never been big on sugar. Once in a very long while, I will stop at Ikea and pick up a cinnamon bun and coffee (like that is my ultimate treat) and once in a while you have to do that and get that satisfaction.
February 24, 2012 9:48 AM
I have heard the theory that cinnamon helps you process sugar and insulin. I dumped a bunch of it in my oatmeal this morning and it was awesome. I wouldn't worry too much about the cravings but if you start noticing other changes then keep an eye out. Cinnamon is just plain yummy!
April 16, 2012 2:11 PM
I was just googling for this very same thing. I have been totally craving cinnamon. Bizarre.
April 16, 2012 2:15 PM
Cinnamon is excellent in stews as well. Sounds crazy, but it is really common in Morocco. Add a little bit to spaghetti sauce. :D

Cinnamon + tomatoes is a great combo.
  3621672
April 16, 2012 3:30 PM
QUOTE:

I had to go to CVS for Hot Tamales.


Hot Tamales don't actually contain any cinnamon. Just cinnamon flavoring. So, if you think your body needs whatever it's craving, trying to fill that need with artificial stuff isn't going to work.
  4463867
February 20, 2013 7:17 AM
How wonderful to find other people with cinnamon cravings! I googled it, expecting to find nothing, really, and came up with two wonderful resources: this one and another (http://www.livestrong.com/article/554405-what-does-it-mean-when-you-crave-cinnamon/).

The link to the article above pretty much hit the nail on the head. I too believe that your body craves what it needs and I found two properties (though there are quite a few more) of cinnamon to be particularly relevant to my situation: antifungal and blood sugar control.

I try to follow a pretty low-sugar (and hence low-carb in general) diet, though I don't diet in the true sense of the word. I find that, besides offering me no nutritional value, sugars mess w/ my digestive system in the form of Candida Albicans (a fungus that feeds on sugars, google leaky gut syndrome).

Anyway, my mysterious cinnamon craving came after a two week period in which I was pretty sleep deprived and heavy on the carbs and sugars. I am now having a bowl of 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 minced apple, 1/8 c raisins, 1 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds, 1 Tbsp raw, hulled sunflower seeds, and 1/2 c plain nonfat Chobani Greek yogurt - yum!! Hopefully, between the yogurt and cinnamon, I'll be back to normal soon.
Edited by julia2bslim On February 20, 2013 7:18 AM
June 30, 2013 8:10 PM
I've been craving cinnamon for a couple of months and put it absolutely anything. I've read all the benefits, and had a vitamin K deficiency when I was young. I'm just going to buy more, and higher quality, fresh ground stuff!

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