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The Importance of Choosing Certified Cinnamon Products: A Guide to Heavy Metal Testing

The Importance of Choosing Certified Cinnamon Products: A Guide to Heavy Metal Testing

The safety and quality of cinnamon products have been under increasing scrutiny in recent years, with heavy metal contamination being a major cause for worry. Product certification for cinnamon is more important than ever as customers expect greater openness in food manufacturing and are growing more health-conscious. In this tutorial, we’ll go over the value of selecting certified cinnamon goods, as well as how heavy metal testing helps to guarantee their safety.

Understanding the Basics of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of various Cinnamomum trees. It is known for its distinct and warm flavor, which makes it a popular addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Beyond its taste, cinnamon is also recognized for its potential health advantages, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a favoured choice for health-conscious individuals.

The Growing Concern of Heavy Metal Contamination

Cinnamon is known for its health benefits, but there is increasing concern about heavy metal contamination in this spice. Lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic are examples of heavy metals that can contaminate cinnamon from sources like soil, water, and air pollution. Long-term exposure to these metals can cause severe health problems, including organ damage and neurological disorders.

The Risks of Heavy Metal Contamination

Excessive exposure to heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and mercury, which are naturally occurring elements, can harm human health. These metals can accumulate in the body over time, leading to severe health problems such as neurological disorders, kidney damage, and cancer.

Heavy Metal Testing: A Critical Step in Quality Assurance

Testing products for heavy metals, including the heavy metal test cinnamon, is essential for ensuring their safety and quality. Heavy metal testing involves analyzing cinnamon samples to determine if they contain heavy metals within safe limits set by regulatory authorities. With this process, manufacturers can verify the purity of their products, providing consumers with confidence in their safety.

What is Lab Tested Cinnamon?

Lab tested cinnamon products are tested at a third party lab to meet specific quality and safety standards set by certifying bodies. These standards commonly assess the absence of contaminants like heavy metals.

Why Choose Lab Tested Cinnamon Products?

Lab tested cinnamon products are rigorously tested to meet strict safety standards. This testing includes the detection and removal of any potential contamination, such as heavy metals. When consumers choose lab tested cinnamon products, they can trust in their quality and safety.

How to Identify Lab tested Cinnamon Products

When shopping for cinnamon products, look for companies that are transparent with their testing.  Companies that do not mention testing for heavy metals are likely not to test for heavy metals.

Conclusion

In conclusion, choosing lab tested cinnamon products from trusted suppliers like Red Ape Cinnamon is essential for ensuring your health and safety. By selecting products that have been tested and verified to meet stringent standards, you can enjoy the many health benefits of cinnamon without worrying about heavy metal contamination. So next time you reach for a jar of cinnamon or organic wholesale cinnamon, make sure it’s tested!

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Topping

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Topping

 

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Cinnamon Cream Cheese Topping

Course Kathy Najim Redfern
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Red Ape Cinnamon

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened (or Neufchatel cheese)
  • 2 packed Tbsp brown sugar to taste
  • 2-3 tsp Red Ape Cinnamon to taste
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Soften cream cheese and mix with brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Add Red Ape Cinnamon and vanilla to taste. Whip to a delicious smooth consistency.
  • Yummy on cakes, cookies, breads, muffins, coffee cakes, and even as a dip. A holiday staple. 🙂
Curry Stuffed Mushrooms

Curry Stuffed Mushrooms

 

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Curry Stuffed Mushrooms

This recipe uses Red Ape Cinnamon® Buddha Shake Curry Mix™
Course Appetiser
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Mama Nature’s Bar & Grill Recipe Book

Ingredients

  • 2 cartons mushrooms approx. 40
  • - white cap or baby belle
  • 1 8 oz. package tempeh
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Buddha Shake Curry Mix™
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Wash and de-stem the mushrooms. Finely chop the mushroom stems, onion, tempeh and garlic. In a saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic with 1 tablespoon of oil for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the mushroom stems, curry mix and the tempeh and sauté for 2 more minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree for 20 seconds. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  • Take the mushroom caps and place in a large bowl. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Mix well so that all the shrooms have a coating of oil on them.
  • Using a spoon (or your fingers), place a dollup of the mixture in the mushroom cap and place on a cooking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cajun Rice

Cajun Rice

 

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Cajun Rice

This recipe uses Red Ape Cinnamon® Mardi Gras Shake
Course sidr
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Author Mama Nature’s Bar & Grill Recipe Book

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups long grain brown rice
  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • – or 4 roma tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 6 mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Mardi Gras Shake™
  • 2 Tbsp white wine optional
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Soak the rice in hot water for 10 minutes and drain. In a food processor or blender combine the tomatoes, garlic, ½ the onion, and the Cajun spices and blend well. Finely chop the remainder of the onion, and thinly slice the carrots and mushrooms. In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil on medium. Add the rice and cook for 6-8 minutes, constantly stirring. Add the tomato mixture and cook until the liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently (approximately 8 minutes). Add the carrots, onions, mushrooms and mix well. Add the veggie broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the wine, stir it up, turn off the heat and cover for 10 more minutes.
  • This is one of those dishes that you have to keep an eye on. Make sure that your wine glass is full while cooking this one- if you turn your back to open up another bottle, you may have burnt the rice.
Spinach Tofu Curry Pie

Spinach Tofu Curry Pie

 

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Spinach Tofu Curry Pie

This recipe uses Red Ape Cinnamon® Buddha Shake Curry Mix™
Course Main
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Mama Nature’s Bar & Grill Recipe Book

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz. package firm tofu
  • 1 9- inch pie crust
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp miso
  • - light or dark
  • 2 Tbsp Buddha Shake Curry Mix™
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Finely chop the onions and spinach. In a wok or skillet, sauté the onions in oil for 3 minutes on medium heat. Add the spinach and curry mix and sauté for 2 more minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. In a food processor, combine tofu, vinegar, miso, tahini, mustard and garlic and puree until creamy. Combine with spinach mixture and mix well. Pour mixture into the pie crust and bake for 30 minutes.
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