Truth: I add cinnamon to absolutely everything I can because I heard long ago that it possesses some miracle appetite suppressant powers. A new study just confirmed the gossip I heard and proves that you should definitely be adding a little shake to your morning coffee.
A new study from the University of Michigan published in the journal Metabolism, tested the effect of cinnamaldehyde—the essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor—on fat cells taken from mice, as well as fat cells from four humans.
Here’s the scoop: The research found that exposure to the cinnamon oil triggered both the mouse and the human cells to start burning calories (score!) through a process called thermogenesis. It showed that the oil increased the activity of several genes, enzymes and proteins that are known to enhance fat metabolism.
One of the study authors, Jun Wu, research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, says that consuming cinnamon on a regular basis may be one way to make fat cells burn some of that energy, rather than storing all of it, helping to contribute to unwanted weight gain.
While it’s still too early to determine what an effective dose would be to have these side effects, we’re just going to stay on the safe side and sprinkle cinnamon on everything this holiday season. Who’s with us?