So I've been reading quite a bit on cinnamon and apple cider vinegar.
I'll post the references below, but CT states to have a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of ACV prior to every meal. I gave it a shot today and damn, the cinnamon is just horrible to get down every meal, now with shakes it's not that big of deal, but straight out is just awful. Anyone else doing this for every meal? What could I mix the cinnamon with to make it more user friendly.
Thanks in advance for any help or recommendations.
Mondays With Thibs: Beef Up Your Body Composition
- Use one or two tablespoon(s) of ground cinnamon prior to every meal (and mix it in your shakes). Cinnamon, on top of having a myriad of other health benefits, improves insulin sensitivity, insulin management, and glucose disposal. It doesn't contain any calories, has a high level of several minerals, as well as fiber, and tastes great!
But, don't go twisting that. I'm talking about adding cinnamon to your meals, not cinnamon buns!
- Use one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with every meal. (Don't mix it into your shakes, though; the stuff tastes horrible!) Just like cinnamon, apple cider vinegar is a great natural and cheap way to improve the insulin sensitivity of your muscles.
Question of Nutrition Vol 8
by Dr. Jonny Bowden
â?¨Spice of Life
Q: I've heard some amazing health claims made for cinnamon. Does it really increase insulin sensitivity? And if so, does that mean I can put apple pie in my diet, as long as it has some cinnamon on it?
A: Two very promising studies by USDA scientist Richard Anderson and colleagues did in fact show that cinnamon extracts could lower blood sugar.
In a 2003 study, as little as a gram a day helped people with type II diabetes lower their fasting glucose, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol after 40 days, with levels continuing to drop for 20 more days after that. And in another study, water-soluble compounds from cinnamon called polyphenolic polymers increased sugar metabolism twentyfold in fat cells.
Other studies, alas, haven't found such promising benefits.
Nonetheless, cinnamon is high in antioxidants, on top of the fact it makes everything taste really, really good. Adding some cinnamon to food and beverages couldn't hurt, and may even help inch you to gain a tad more insulin sensitivity.
But by itself it won't cure type II diabetes, but it sure can't turn apple pie into health food.
The 2008 Fat Loss Roundtable, Part II
Testosterone: Rapid fire question time! First thoughts that come to mind: Cinnamon for insulin sensitivity (so carryover to fat loss).
Dr. Mohr: Very cool data with blood sugar and boosting insulin sensitivity, but very few studies to support this (or refute it). Again, it doesn't hurt, so add it to shakes, oatmeal, etc.
Roussell: Probably, but I'd like some more research.
Shugart: Fat people will just use this data to justify eating cinnamon rolls.
Testosterone: Apple cider vinegar for fat loss?
Roussell: Vinegar does lower glycemic response, so useful? Yes. Will it make or break your plan? No.
Dr. Mohr: If it makes you gag and throw up, sure. But it's thrown around like a miracle liquid and that couldn't be further from the truth.
Shugart: Apple cider vinegar diets are on the cover of the tabloids all the time, right next to the three-headed Bigfoot babies. So it must be true.