Oops! 5 side-effects of cinnamon that you might be overlooking!

Side effects of cinnamon include digestive problems and respiratory complications. Therefore, consuming it in large quantities isn't right.
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Nikita Bhardwaj Updated: 23 Jan 2024, 13:02 pm IST
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Raise your hand if you think cinnamon is loaded with benefits. Just like you, we felt the same! This rich, aromatic spice is not just flavourful but also packs a punch with its nutrients. But there is a downside too! Read on to know the side effects of cinnamon, if consumed more than what is appropriate.

That’s because regular cinnamon contains high amounts of coumarin (an aromatic organic chemical compound), which contributes to liver damage and cancer. Health Shots got in touch with nutritionist Manisha Chopra, who educates us on how over-consuming cinnamon has adverse effects on our health.

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5 side effects of cinnamon

1. It can lead to respiratory problems

The first cinnamon side effect is that it can cause problems in breathing. “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,” says Chopra.

2. It can also led to allergies

Can you eat too much cinnamon? yes, and it may cause allergies for you. Cinnamon can 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.

3. It can make you dizzy

The next side effect of cinnamon would be dizziness. “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 Chopra.

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4. It can cause digestive problems

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!

5. It can cause mouth sores

Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, and this is the main reason due why some people experience mouth ulcers, as one of the side effects of cinnamon. Some people also complain about burning and an itchy sensation on the tongue or in gums.

How much cinnamon should you eat?

“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,” suggests Chopra.

However, refrain from consuming cinnamon if you have the following conditions:

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  • If you already have or have previously had liver disease
  • If you get mouth ulcers easily, then you should be cautious while eating cinnamon
  • Cinnamon can cause premature labour or uterine contractions. So, pregnant women and lactating women should avoid eating too much cinnamon.
  • Gastroparesis patients should also limit their cinnamon consumption as their bodies are not able to digest it properly.
  • Compounds present in cinnamon have properties to trouble diabetic patients.
  • Asthma patients should be careful while using cinnamon. They should make sure that they don’t accidentally inhale cinnamon because it causes instant cough and breathing issues.

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.

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