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Raise your hand if you think cinnamon is loaded with benefits. Just like you, we feel the same. This rich, aromatic spice is not just flavourful but also packs a punch with its nutrients. But it can also have some side-effects if you consume it more than it’s required.
Most of us tend to overdo anything, when we realise that it’s good for our health. And then we complain that we haven’t received any benefits!
We have with us, nutritionist Manisha Chopra, who educates us on how over-consuming cinnamon has adverse effects on our health. That’s because regular cinnamon contains high amounts of coumarin (an aromatic organic chemical compound), which contributes to liver damage and cancer.
Shocked? Well, here are five more side effects of consuming too much cinnamon listed by Ms Chopra:
“Sometimes we tend to inhale ground cinnamon while eating or even preparing meals. It can trigger coughing, sneezing, and difficulty in breathing. People with asthma should also be careful while using it,” she says.
Cinnamon can also cause allergies like skin irritation, and stomach issues in some people. So, be careful while eating cinnamon and observe your eating patterns to know if you’re allergic to cinnamon.
“Consuming too much cinnamon can drop sugar levels in your body. Due to this you might feel dizzy, experience fatigue, and suffer from anxiety,” warns Manisha.
In some people, consuming too much cinnamon can also lead to a burning sensation in the stomach. It is not just painful, but can even cause stomach ulcers, and cancer. All in all, it hampers the digestive processes, so be very careful!
Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, and this is the main reason due why some people experience mouth ulcers. Some people also complain about burning and an itchy sensation on the tongue or in gums.
“I would recommend 2 to 4 grams or approx 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a day. Anything more that can be problematic. Also, if you’re taking some medication, then you have to be cautious, as it can also react with that,” she suggests.
These people should refrain from cinnamon, according to Manisha
It’s not that we are dismissing the benefits that cinnamon has to offer, but too much of it can be harmful for you. So, watch out for the quantity if you want to stay safe.