There’s some happy news for Cinnabon lovers; recent research shows that the tasty spice can boost metabolism in mouse and human fat cells.
In the study, published in the journal Metabolism, researchers from the University of Michigan investigated the effect of cinnamaldehyde, the oil that gives cinnamon its flavor, on fat cells taken from mice and humans.
They found that exposure to the substance caused both types of fat cells to begin burning calories. The oil stimulated activity by certain genes, enzymes and proteins known to spur metabolism.
The research looked at the impact on the cells directly, so more research will be necessary to determine if the cinnamon oil will have the same effect in humans. Moreover, it’s still too early to tell just how much cinnamon would be necessary to create the desired effect.
While a piece of cinnamon toast here or there isn’t likely to have a great impact, researchers suspect that prolonged consumption could have a cumulative effect. Other studies have found cinnamon to be useful in protecting mice against obesity and hyperglycemia. It’s also been associated with lower blood sugar in individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes.
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