Can Babies Have Cinnamon?
In the world of infant feeding there are many different opinions on what ingredients can be used in baby foods. Some believe that certain ingredients such as nuts or seeds should not be added to baby foods because they may cause allergies or other health problems. Others say that some of these same ingredients are safe and even beneficial for infants’ digestive systems.
The question is: Should any of these ingredients be included in baby foods at all? Is it better to leave them out altogether or include them only when absolutely necessary? And what are the potential risks and benefits associated with each option?
Cinnamon is one ingredient that has been debated widely among nutritionists and pediatricians alike. Many feel that cinnamon can actually pose a risk to infants’ health if consumed in large amounts. Others feel that cinnamon does not present a problem and can even benefit infants’ health.
It’s All About Nutritional Value
Nutritionists generally agree that the amount of cinnamon in baby foods is unlikely to pose a significant risk to children’s health. However, they do caution parents against using too much cinnamon in their diets.
Too much of any one ingredient, whether it’s cinnamon, sugar, or even fruits and vegetables, can lead to a less-than-ideal diet and health problems. This is especially true for infants who are still developing their taste buds and food preferences.
If you plan to incorporate cinnamon into your baby’s diet, use it only occasionally and in very small quantities. Too much cinnamon can cause stomach aches, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and other digestive problems.
Cinnamon and Diabetes
Due to the high number of diabetics in Western cultures, many dieticians now advise people to avoid large amounts and quantities of cinnamon. The reason behind this is two-fold.
First, cinnamon contains a great deal of sugar, which can be problematic for someone with diabetes or someone who is prone to getting diabetes.
Second, the insulin that is released into the bloodstream when someone eats too much cinnamon can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar. This drop can leave someone feeling faint or dizzy and can even lead to unconsciousness if it gets bad enough.
Cinnamon and Blood Sugar
While cinnamon does contain a good amount of fiber and other nutrients, it’s sugar content is what makes it problematic for seniors and diabetics.
Too much sugar in the diet can raise insulin levels and cause insulin resistance. Over time, this can result in full-blown Type 2 Diabetes.
Part of the reason why cinnamon is so problematic is because it does not release its sugars into the bloodstream immediately. Instead, it enters the blood stream slowly over a period of several hours.
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