Mary Poppins claimed that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but clearly she was unaware added sugar makes you sick and then you need even more medicine and medical intervention.
A recent study of postmenopausal women found that those who drink a lot of sweetened beverages have a 78 percent greater risk of estrogen-dependent Type 1 endometrial cancer (the most common form) compared with women who dont consume such liquid sugar bombs. And weve known for a long time that anyone who drinks a lot of sweetened beverages is at increased risk of obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Drinking one can of sugary soda a day can up your diabetes risk by 18 percent, and added sugars fuel the growth and spread of prostate and breast cancers.
So whats our trick for giving beverages a flavor boost and a touch of sweetness?
Cinnamon. It tastes and smells great, and one study found taking a 500 mg capsule of cinnamon twice a day for 90 days significantly lowers A1C levels (a measure of your blood sugar levels for the past three months). Cinnamon also lowers lousy LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, increases good HDL cholesterol, and decreases BMI and weight.
Try it in coffee or tea, on cereal or whole-grain toast, and add it to casseroles, stir fries and roasted veggies. For a healthy winter dessert, check out our Cinnamon Apple Saute a la Mode at www.doctoroz.com/videos/cinnamon-apple-la-mode.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc.