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Coumarin In Cinnamon Linked To Liver Damage

Many kinds of cinnamon, cinnamon-flavored foods, beverages and food supplements in the use a form of the spice that contains high levels of a natural substance that may cause in some sensitive people, scientists are reporting. Their study, published in ACS’ , found similar results as those published in the European Union.

and colleagues explain that cinnamon, which comes from the bark of certain trees, is one of the most important flavoring agents used in foods and beverages. “True,” or Ceylon, cinnamon is expensive, so most breads, sticky buns and other products in the United States use dried cassia bark, or . contains very little coumarin, a naturally occurring substance that has been linked to liver damage in people sensitive to the substance. However, can contain larger amounts. Khan’s team decided to check on the coumarin content of a wide variety of food products.

“As found in this study, coumarin was present, sometimes in substantial amounts, in cinnamon-based food supplements and cinnamon-flavored foods,” they say.


The authors acknowledge funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Agricultural Research Service) and the Global Research Network for Medicinal Plants, King Saud University.
American Chemical Society