Is Cinnamon Paleo?

Cinnamon is one of those spices that is both comforting and exotic, offering a distinct option for flavorful Paleo dishes.

Nutritional Value of Cinnamon

Serving size 1 tsp (2gm)

  • Calories: 6
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: < 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: < 1g
  • Trans fat: 0
  • Lauric acid: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 2g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Fiber: 1g

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is rich in manganese, fiber, and calcium. Additionally, it has many other health benefits and has been used as a holistic treatment for years. Many studies have been done recently, indicating that cinnamon has broad health benefits, including:

  • Lowering LDL cholesterol levels
  • Balances blood glucose levels and increases insulin production
  • Antifungal
  • Headache and migraine relief
  • Can relieve arthritis pain when combined with raw honey
  • Improves cognitive function and memory
  • Anti-clotting effect on blood
  • Supportive of weight loss
  • Treats muscle spasms
  • Prevents or stops diarrhea
  • Beneficial against the common cold
  • Lowers triglycerides

Where To Buy Cinnamon

Cinnamon can be purchased at grocery stores everywhere, either in stick form or already ground. For the best quality, be sure to purchase organic Ceylon cinnamon.

Should I Eat Cinnamon? In Cinnamon Paleo?

Cinnamon has many health benefits and is found in many Paleo recipes. It can also be found in supplement form, but for best results, should be eaten in dietary intake only. Cinnamon can become toxic if consumed in large amounts, which is usually attained through supplement forms. Cinnamon in these large quantities can be damaging to the liver. People who have liver conditions should consult their doctor before regularly eating cinnamon, or if they are concerned that it may not be good for them.

Overall, the average person will benefit greatly from including cinnamon in their diet. It’s a great way to add flavor to your Paleo baked goods, fruits, and even beverages.

Aimee McNewAimee McNew

Aimee McNew, MNT, CNTP, is a certified nutritionist who specializes in women’s health, thyroid disorders, autoimmunity, and fertility. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: A Healing Plan for Managing Symptoms Naturally (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.