Antioxidant and antibacterial properties help explain a University of Illinois at Chicago study that suggests cinnamon-flavored gum may fight bad breath. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers, the spice may also aid in glucose control: Having as little as 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily may improve blood glucose levels and lower cholesterol, particularly in people with type 2 diabetes.Spice Up Your Diet
Sprinkle it on squash or sweet potatoes, or add to coffee grounds before you brew.Try: Blueberry Hot Cereal
Instead of: instant oatmeal
Slim-down recipe: Combine 1/2 cup rolled oats and 1 cup of water and cook. Stir in 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
You save: 100 calories.