I didn’t know the difference between Cassia and Ceylon Cinnamon. In fact, I always thought that cinnamon is the same and the difference is only their origin. I believed that Ceylon Cinnamon is the same as Cassia and the only difference is that it comes from Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, this is not the case. I was very surprised finding out how different they are both in their appearance and in medicinal properties.
First of all, you need to know that a lot of Cassia is sold as cinnamon throughout the world. All the benefits listed below are for true cinnamon which is known as Ceylon Cinnamon. This is not a problem in the EU because things have to be labelled properly by law.
Ceylon Cinnamon Vs. Cassia (Cheap Cinnamon substitute which is also known as Chinese Cinnamon). The former name for Sri Lanka was Ceylon where almost all the world’s true cinnamon comes from.
I was fortunate to visit several cinnamon manufacturers in Sri Lanka. I learnt how Ceylon Cinnamon was made in the traditional way. Furthermore, I found out that there is a huge difference between Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia.
Cassia looks similar and smells and tastes like cinnamon but it’s not cinnamon. It’s what people generally refer to as “cinnamon”.
Cassia is harder, rough and has a single roll. It’s also hollow and darker on the appearance. Besides, it’s very cheap to buy and perfect for Christmas decorations. Most of all, it contains approximately 1% coumarin which is toxic for the liver if you have it regularly. It’s perfectly fine in very tiny quantities. But, according to the National Institute of Health, for people with liver disease, taking a large amount of Cassia might worsen their condition.
Ceylon Cinnamon bark is softer, thinner, lighter and has many layers. If you break a piece of it and try to chew, it is deliciously sweet. It has only 0.004% of coumarin which you have to drink a hell of a lot of it to poison your liver. It is very expensive and packed with health benefits.
From now on, I will make sure that I only have the Ceylon Cinnamon.
Cinnamon is a powerful spice that used in recipes, baking and cooking as well as in medicinal use.
Here are some health benefits of cinnamon