NO, not all cinnamon is good for you!
It’s come to our attention recently that there is a common misconception surrounding the use of the spice Cinnamon, and a large number of consumers aren’t aware of the different varieties.
Sri Lankan Cinnamon Verum vs Cinnamon Cassia
Most of the cinnamon found in our foods and purchased from supermarkets is known as Cinnamon Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia). It is by far the most commonly used cinnamon. This is not “true” cinnamon, but a noticably cheaper imitation and not from the same plant as Cinnamon Verum.
Sri Lankan Cinnamon Verum (Cinnamomum zeylanicum / Cinnamomum Verum) is often referred to as “True Cinnamon”. It tastes more mild and subtle, and a little sweeter than cassia.
There is a naturally occurring flavour substance in cinnamon called coumarin. The levels of coumarin in cassia are naturally occurring in far greater levels than the levels found in cinnamon verum.