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Why Am I Craving Cinnamon? 7 Reasons

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Why do we crave cinnamon?

It’s one of the most popular natural spices because it tastes so darn good!

But why are you craving cinnamon in particular, and why not any other spice?

There are many reasons why people may crave cinnamon.

Here are 8 reasons why you might be craving this sweet, spicy and often sugary flavor:

1 – You’re Actually Craving Sugar

Cinnamon is often mistaken for a sugar craving, but it’s really just the flavor that people are after.

Many times cinnamon and sugar pair together:

  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Cinnamon cookies
  • Cinnamon cereals

When you eat something sugary with cinnamon in it, your brain tastes the sugar.

The cinnamon tastes good by itself.

But it’s really the sugar and cinnamon which causes your taste buds to activate serotonin production.

Serotonin is the hormone that sends signals to your brain saying “yum!”

This sensation can be addictive and may cause you to crave more of the flavor.

While it may seem like you are craving cinnamon …

Pay close attention to the foods with cinnamon that you are craving.

  • Are all of these foods high in sugar?
  • Is the ‘cinnamon’ you’re craving found in unhealthy foods?

If you are craving sugary foods, all of which just so happen to taste like cinnamon, then it’s more likely you are actually having sugar cravings!

2 – You’re Pregnant

It’s not surprising why pregnant people crave cinnamon.

Cinnamon is found in many pregnancy cravings like:

  • chocolate
  • ice cream
  • sweet rolls
  • breads

In addition, people think cinnamon speeds up your metabolism and helps you burn off extra weight gained throughout the pregnancy.

(Hint: cinnamon doesn’t speed up your metabolism but it does contain various nutrients, see more below! 

In addition, pregnancy hormones have been linked to an increased sense of smell which may lead women to crave foods with various smells like cinnamon or vanilla extract.

3 – It’s Cold Outside

Cinnamon is associated with warmth, in addition to spice.

Example: Cinnamon rolls are warm and gooey with sugary hot piping sweet sauce!

Often foods with cinnamon are warm. Think of all the comfort foods:

  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Warm apple cider
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Hot chocolate

When it’s cold outside, we often crave warm and comforting foods.

And what better way to get those cozy feelings than with some cinnamon?

Plus, these foods are usually high in sugar and carbs which can give you a quick burst of energy.

And when you are cold, your body burns more energy keeping you warm.

So when the weather outside is frightful, it’s no wonder why many people crave cinnamon!

4 – You’re Stressing

Speaking of cinnamon comfort foods when you’re cold …

Why not cinnamon comfort foods when you’re stressing?

Of course, comfort eating is not a good way to handle stress.

But if you’re wondering why you’re craving cinnamon …

Is it possible you’re stressed and you’re craving stress relief?

Don’t you feel temporarily better when you bite into a warm, gooey cinnamon roll?

Bliss! A temporary distraction!

You stop thinking about work and just enjoy those brown swirls.

Do you find yourself with a cinnamon craving when your mood dips?

If so, it’s more likely you are craving the comfort foods (which happen to be associated with cinnamon).

Is this why you’re craving cinnamon?

5 – Low Blood Sugar from Dieting

Many diets these days are low carb, like Keto.

And when you’re on a low carb diet, your body is looking for an energy source because your blood glucose levels are low.

What does your brain tell you to eat?

Carbs! And lots of them!

That’s why people often crave sugary foods while on a low carb diet.  And many of our favorite sugary foods have cinnamon too!

If your blood sugar levels are too low, you’ll start craving carbs because these foods give you a quick burst of energy.

So if you’re noticing that most of the things you are craving have cinnamon in them, it may be because you are trying to cut back on carbs on a diet.

6 – Vitamin Deficiency

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon weighing 2.6 g contains:

  • energy: 6 calories
  • carbohydrates: 2 g
  • calcium: 26 mg
  • iron: 0.2 mg
  • magnesium: 1.5 mg
  • phosphorus: 1.6 mg
  • potassium: 11 mg

Plus, cinnamon contains large amounts of antioxidants which are beneficial to your health because they help protect cells against damage from free radicals.

And why exactly do you crave this spice?

Perhaps you have a nutritional deficiency with one of the nutrients found in this delicious spice – iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium or sodium!

If you’re not getting enough minerals in your diet, your body’s response may be to seek them out from cinnamon.

7 – You Like The Taste

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Cinnamon tastes delicious!

If something sounds delicious to us, our body will tell us to eat it even if we don’t need the nutrients from that food.

Sugar, for example!

Besides the health benefits, just think about the flavor of cinnamon.

It’s sweet and spicy with a hint of warmth. And smelling cinnamon is simply a delicious aroma!

No wonder it’s one of the most popular spices in the world!

So if you’re wondering why you’re craving cinnamon, it could be because you simply like the taste.

Does cinnamon help with cravings?

It depends on the cinnamon craving.

If you are deficient in a nutrient that cinnamon contains, then eating cinnamon may help curb your cravings.

But if you are craving cinnamon because you have low blood sugar or are seeking a stress relief distraction, then eating cinnamon is not going to help.

In fact, it might make things worse!

So before reaching for some cinnamon to satisfy your cravings, figure out why you’re really craving it and address that underlying issue.

Cinnamon does contain many beneficial nutrients which is why so many people crave it, but there can be several reasons why someone might be desiring this particular spice.

It’s important to try and determine why exactly this is happening as opposed to just consuming cinnamon without investigating the root of the problem.

Cinnamon Craving Conclusion

Food cravings are often an indicator that something in your life is out of balance, whether it be a vitamin deficiency or you’re just craving sugar.

While there can be many reasons for cinnamon cravings, the most common ones are listed above.

If any of them sound like they may apply to you then try making some changes and see if your body responds positively.

Do you have any other reasons why people might crave this spice? Let us know in the comments below!

For more info about food cravings check out our chart here!


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