Cinnamon Hydrophobic - Why Does Cinnamon Powder Not Dissolve in Liquids?

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

There are several reasons why cinnamon powder doesn’t dissolve in liquids. It’s a fine powder that can be difficult to mix and it contains oils that repel water. It also is hydrophobic, meaning it doesn’t bond with water molecules like many other spices such as sugar and salt do.

One of the best ways to use this spice is to add it to hot or cold drinks as a flavoring agent and sweetener. It doesn’t add any calories to your drink and has a pleasant, fragrant aroma that will enhance the taste of your beverage. Cinnamon sticks (curled sections of inner bark from the genus cinnamon) are a fun way to enhance your favorite drinks as well.

Another use for this spice is its antifungal and antibacterial properties which can be used as a natural alternative to chemical preservatives in food. The phenolic compounds found in cinnamon such as cinnamaldehyde help to prevent the growth of yeasts that can cause candida, eczema and other skin conditions.

The oils in cinnamon can also be applied to the skin to improve its appearance. Studies have shown that it can reduce advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which are known to contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. There are a few contraindications though: cinnamon can be toxic to the liver in high doses and can cause allergic reactions. In addition, it is not recommended for pregnant women. If you decide to try this, be sure to consult with your doctor first.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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