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Cinnamon is good for a whole lot more than just adding flavor (which it does with almost no calories, by the way). For centuries, cinnamon’s been mixed with other herbs and spices for use as medicine. A cinnamon-packed topical ointment may help relieve pain from arthritis, while another cinnamon concoction actually helped people recover from the flu as well as prescribed meds.

And cinnamon isn’t just for adding guilt-free flavor to a cup of joe. It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. There are two types of cinnamon: ceylon, which is also known as “true cinnamon,” and cassia, which is the type most Americans are used to seeing at the grocery store. Try the ground variety for convenience, or use sticks to flavor soups and stews.

The Takeaway: Add cinnamon to sweet or savory dishes for added flavor without sugar. It also has a lot of science-backed alternative medicine uses.

Some Steak in Your Coffee?

Cinnamon’s good for coffee and coffee’s good for… steak? It’s great as a rub when throwing some steaks on the barbie.

Fun Fact

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil.