Not Just Any Honey and Cinnamon Help in Weight Loss
But there is catch that is only rarely mentioned. Not just any kind of honey or cinnamon helps best in cutting weight. It matters what kind of honey is used, and it matters what type of cinnamon is used.
Why all natural raw honey is best for weight loss
The beauty of honey is that, no matter what the label says, it had to come from bees to be honey. That is useful because it means you are safe no matter what type of honey you use. But some brands of honey are processed or diluted from the all natural raw state in which it was harvested. That sort of honey will not harm you but it will not have the full complement of the properties of the all natural raw honey. And the difference can affect how portent a weight loss plan works out.
For example, raw honey is a powerful anti-bacterial agent that has for centuries been used to treat wounds. All natural honey is also a proven skin care treatment. It clears skin pores, removes dead skin cells and softens the skin. But, as far as weight loss is concerned, it is the body sugar level management properties of natural honey that makes it such an effective ingredient. Raw honey speeds up the conversion of food into energy by the body, in effect both preventing the accumulation of body fat and draining out existing fat.
Diluted or processed honey will, of course, have some body-sugar level management properties too. But by merely being diluted or otherwise changed from its all natural raw for, this kind of honey will have lower concentrations of the honey. And that can be a big deal in a honey and cinnamon weight loss plan. Why? Because the plan requires a daily dose of a specific amount of the two ingredients – typically a spoonful of honey and a half spoonful of cinnamon. If you are not using the fully potent, all natural raw honey, you might well be taking insufficient amounts of the metabolism speeding properties necessary for effective body loss.
The Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon Confusion
The question of what cinnamon to combine with the raw honey is also a problem. There are two types of cinnamon, the more common Cassia Cinnamon native to Burma, Vietnam and China, and the more expensive and Ceylon Cinnamon native to Sri Lanka. Both are spice extracts from inner bark of related evergreen trees.
Both Cinnamons have weight loss properties. They lower blood sugar levels and that way prevent the body from creating new fat, even as it burns existing fat in increased metabolism. Both also make a distinction between good and bad cholesterol, suppressing the bad type and boosting the good type. The problem is that the Cassia Cinnamon – which is darker in color and has a stronger flavor – contains a naturally occurring toxin, coumarin, which can damage the liver. In fact, no other food item contains as much coumarin as this type of cinnamon. This fact is important in a weight loss plan because the danger of liver damage is increased by regular use of Cassia cinnamon – exactly what a weight loss regime would require. In contrast, use of Cassia cinnamon in food is less regular and in smaller doses, which makes it perfectly safe.
The upshot is it is best to use the lighter colored, less pungent and more expensive, Ceylon cinnamon in a weight loss program. But even here there is a twist. The coumarin toxin is fat-soluble while the extract you need from cinnamon to help you lose weight is water-soluble. Which means that if you could, somehow, dissolve the Cassia cinnamon in warm water without the honey, you could greatly lower the risk of ingesting the toxin. Yet you do need the honey.