According to a study published in 2003, in Diabetes Care, Cinnamon is said to benefit type 2 diabetics by helping to reduce blood sugar, triglyceride and cholesterol levels. However, many remain skeptical as other studies suggest otherwise. To put an end to the controversy, researchers conducted a series of 5 studies involving 282 volunteers who are diabetics, both type 1 and 2. It was later published in the 2008 issue of Diabetes Care that cinnamon has no direct benefit on diabetes.
Nevertheless, despite the negative results, cinnamon can indirectly impact diabetes in other ways. Cinnamon is a fragrant spice which helps to enhance flavors of other food without giving you extra calories or sodium. It can be used to replace unhealthy food additives. It can be added to a variety of food including salads, soup, stews and meat. Using cinnamon helps to keep you satisfied and reduce cravings of other food. Cinnamon can also be used to replace sugar in oatmeal and yogurt due its natural fragrance and hence reduce sugar intake.