True Ceylon Cinnamon
Cassia Cinnamon

Cinnamon is mainly divided into two categories. Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon. Cassia Cinnamon is easily confused with True Ceylon Cinnamon if you don’t know the difference between the two. Cassia Cinnamon is a cheaper substitute for Ceylon Cinnamon. Although similar in certain aspects these two distant relatives are from two entirely different species with significant differences in appearance, physical and chemical properties.

Ceylon Cinnamon

Ceylon Cinnamon
(True Cinnamon)
Cassia Cinnamon
(Fake Cinnamon)
Ceylon Cinnamon (True Cinnamon)

Ceylon Cinnamon, also known as “true cinnamon,” is obtained from Cinnamomum verum (syn.Cinnamomum zeylanicum) indigenous to Sri Lanka and southern India.

Cassia Cinnamon

Due to high amount of coumarin in Cassia Cinnamon, eating too much Cassian Cinnamon may harm your liver and increase the risk of cancer.

Cassia Cinnamon (Fake Cinnamon)

What is Cassia Cinnamon?

Cassia Cinnamon also known as Cinnamomum Cassia is an aromatic bark, similar to True Ceylon Cinnamon, but differing in Coumarin levels, strength, physical and chemical properties. Cassia bark is darker, thicker and coarser, and the corky outer bark is often left on. The outer surface is rough and grayish brown, the inside bark is smoother and reddish-brown. The Cassia Cinnamon mainly originates from China, Indonesia, and Vietnam and is popular because of its low cost. Cassia Cinnamon is simply a thick single layer of bark naturally curled into a stick. Thereby, it is relatively inexpensive as it does not require the care of processing needed for Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia Cinnamon has an over powering taste and aroma and contains high levels of Coumarin!

Health Benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon

Help Fight The Hiv Virus

Cinnamon extracted from natural varieties and that is thought to help fight against HIV-1, the most common strain of the HIV virus in humans

Loaded With Antioxidants

Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols.

Lower Risk Of Heart Disease

Cinnamon has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.

May Protect Against Cancer

Cinnamon has been widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

It helps your body fight infections and repair tissue damage.

Fight Bacterial And Fungal Infections

Cinnamon oil has been shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi.

Cassia Cinnamon

Derived from the plant Cinnamomum cassia
Originates from China, Indonesia, Vietnam
High Levels of Coumarin > 5%
Intense flavor and aroma
Thick single layer of bark naturally curled into a stick
Hard and harder to break
Toxic in prolonged use


Ceylon Cinnamon

From the plant Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Indigenous to Sri Lanka
Negligible levels of Coumarin < 0.004%
Mild flavor and aroma
Handcrafted in to thin multiple layered sticks
Soft and easy to break
Light to golden brown color
Countless health benefits