I have to say that cinnamon is probably my favorite and most used spice, but what I didn't know about it is that what I've been using for years isn't cinnamon at all, of course I didn't really notice a difference and if it wasn't for the health implications I probably wouldn't even care all that much.
After all real cinnamon and the fake stuff are almost indistinguishable for most people. But when it comes to your health you really can't be too careful which is why I decided to do a little more digging and find out just what is the difference between real and fake cinnamon.
First off real cinnamon also known as Ceylon cinnamon is from Sri Lanka and is more expensive than the fake stuff know as cassia or Chinese cinnamon. Both varieties of cinnamon have similar taste and health benefits, although you may notice that the Ceylon cinnamon has a more subtle flavor. But the main difference is that Cassia cinnamon contains higher levels of a blood thinning compound called coumarin that in high levels may cause liver damage.
The reason for the price difference is that cassia cinnamon which comes from China, Vietnam and Indonesia is much more readily available than the ceylon cinnamon which only comes from Sri Lanka. I did find it interesting to note that cassia cinnamon has been used in the United States for at least 100 years with as far as I can tell no problems, so it's probably up to you whether you decide to go with the ceylon over the cassia. Because it usually isn't labeled most if not all of the powdered cinnamon that you'll find at your local grocer is in fact cassia cinnamon.
If you would like to check the real stuff out it can be found on Amazon.
Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks
Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon