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8/30/10 4:07 P

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A few years back I was at dinner at a friend's house and they had shown us the cinnamon they brought back from Thailand - it was huge, think of the little sticks but thicker and the length from your elbow to wrist - that was real cinnamon. I've never seen it here, granted I've never looked for it either. You can maybe find it at an East Asian or Indian grocery.



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8/23/10 4:55 P

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Cool! I'm so dense, I'm not even sure WHAT I paid. lol. While I was there I also bought some real almond extract (not imitation)...

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8/23/10 3:55 P

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I found it at:
spicebarn.com/ground_cinnamon_vietna
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But if you are in an area where Azure Standard delivers you can get it for $5.45/lb with no shipping charge. If you live outside the Azure delivery area they will charge a shipping fee. I don't know what that is but it still might be cheaper. $5.45 a pound is a great deal if you use cinnamon every day. I do and it keeps well in a cool, dark place.

You can also get 4 oz. of it from Azure for $2.30
Hope this helps somebody

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8/23/10 1:32 P

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I have been buying the Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon for quite a while now. I was inspired to try to find 'real' cinnamon after watching Alton Brown's show.

While I love the taste I have not noticed that it has the flavor of red hots. Yes the taste is more intense but I was hoping that was an indication that I had found Real cinnamon???????

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8/23/10 1:08 A

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Spice Hunter also sells Saigon cinnamon, but not in the organic line. Now I know what happened, the store I shop at changed to the organic line. Since I use so much cinnamon, I started buying it in bulk at Vitamin Cottage. It definitely isn't as good as Saigon cinnamon. It really is worth the extra cost.

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8/22/10 10:09 P

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It's true... I also found Saigon Cinnamon on the Spice Islands website...
www.spiceislands.com/

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8/22/10 9:58 P

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Thanks for the information! I happened to walk through the room the other day when my daughter was watching Good Eats with Alton Brown. He was talking about cinnamon so I watched a few minutes. I am a fiend for cinnamon. He was explaining that what we buy in our stores is not really cinnamon at all and not nearly as good for you or tasty.



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8/22/10 9:52 P

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Thanks for the post! I love cinnamon and have found big differences in quality. Spice Hunter used to sell an organic cinnamon from Vietnam. It was outstanding. I'll have to look for Saigon cinnamon online.

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8/22/10 8:39 P

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8/22/10 8:16 P

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Has anyone tried Saigon cinnamon? First time I tried it was yesterday. It's GREAT! It's hotter than regular cinnamon. It's like those cinnamon hearts you see around Valentine's day.
I haven't seen it in my grocery store; I picked it up at a Watkins booth at the country fair.
After a bit of research I have found out that the cinnamon we buy at the grocers may not even be cinnamon at all; and has far less of the desirable qualities that we want in cinnamon (besides the taste).
Cinnamon lowers the glycemic impact of food on our bodies. Cinnamon also contains anti-oxidants

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10 Health Benfits of Cinnamon:

1.Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

2.Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

3.In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

4.In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

5.It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

6.In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

7.When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

8.One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

9.Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

10. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

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