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Cinnamon is a cool spice, study finds

A new study had found that adding cinnamon to your diet can reduce your stomach temperature by up to two degrees.

The study, published in the online journal Scientific Reports, was conducted by scientists from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and used pigs as test subjects because of their similar gastrointestinal tract.

Project leader Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh said the project had taken more than five years.

“The idea came to our minds in 2009-10, and we gradually started getting grants before we were able to get hospitals and medical scientists on board,” he said.

The study found that pigs which had a cinnamon influenced diet had lower body temperatures than pigs which did not, which which lowered carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the stomach.

“Any time you ingest food, stomach temperature increases because of chemical interaction,” Prof. Kalantar-Zadeh said.

“But when the swine took in cinnamon, the stomach temperature was reduced by up to two degrees.”

The main feature of the study was the use of a revolutionary sensor capsule developed by RMIT, which is used to record gas and temperature levels.

Prof.Kalantar-Zadeh said the designers had to expand on already existing pills.

“The idea of using pills isn’t new. There are camera capsules which have been in the market since 2000,” he said.

“However a small capsule which measures gases has never been thought about and designed until now.”

Prof. Kalantar-Zadeh also said the study, which was part of a wider RMIT study on gut health, would continue into 2017 and beyond.

“We’ve finished the first phase of human trials, and there will be more trials in November and next year in January and February,” he said.

“Everything so far has gone well, and it’s going to go on for the next few years.”

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