8 Super Healthy Foods That Are Dangerous When Taken Too Much

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a widely-used spice and herb. It is high in antioxidants, and has been shown to fight inflammation, can lower blood sugar levels, and reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.

However, cinnamon contains high amounts of a compound called coumarin, which may be harmful in large doses.

There are two main types of cinnamon, with different amounts of coumarin:

  • Cassia: Also known as regular cinnamon, Cassia cinnamon contains a relatively high amount of coumarin.
  • Ceylon: Known as the true cinnamon, Ceylon is the less common of the two. It is much lower in coumarin.

The tolerable daily intake of coumarin is 0.1 mg per kg of body weight. Consuming much more than that may cause liver toxicity and cancer.

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