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The Nourished Palate

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Spice is a delicious way to make your grilled food more tasty, but for some reason Americans still tend to reach for sauce when they fire up the grill. Do we tend to grab a brown sauce loaded with sugar and corn syrup because it tastes good… or is that just what we are used to?

I think it is simply a force of habit, read those ingredients on the back of the Barbeque sauce you are using, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Modified Food Starch, Sodium Benzoate who would want to rub that stuff all over their delicious organic steak?

So next time you fire up the grill, fight the urge to go for sauce and grab some tasty spice rubs, its MUCH better for you and we bet you’ll even like the taste better!


Research on the past few years is showing that Cinnamon may help to control blood sugar levels in both healthy people and those suffering from diabetes.

A quick health lesson so we can understand how this works:

  • Blood sugar refers to the amount of glucose contained in your blood. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body’s cells.
  • Glucose levels tend to rise after you eat and then drop as your stomach empties.
  • Being that your blood sugar level is highly correlated to your level of energy, you will tend to feel your best if you can maintain a stable level of glucose in your blood.

This is where cinnamon comes in! A recent study indicated that cinnamon helps to maintain glucose balance by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after meals and reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. This in turn helps to make you feel healthier and more energetic all day long.

This is pretty good news for those of us who suffer minor peaks and valleys in our glucose levels, but it’s even better news for those suffering from Type II Diabetes. For diabetics the need to constantly monitor and regulate their blood glucose levels is a daily job, and usually includes taking medication, exercising regularly and possible following a weight loss plan. Now, doctors may add cinnamon to that regimen as Diabetes Care study found that eating as little as one gram of cinnamon daily reduced serum glucose and triglyceride in people with type 2 diabetes.

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