Eat This! > Spices > Cinnamon > Allergy to Cinnamon

Allergy to Cinnamon

Last updated on April 14, 2006

allergy to cinnamonSince I’ve been posting a lot about the benefits of cinnamon lately I think it is also important to mention that many people have an allergy to cinnamon.

There’s a great discussion about cinnamon allergy on Metafilter.

Since the 19th century, there have been reports of cinnamon allergy. Because many products contain cassia and not true cinnamon, it may be difficult to figure out which one you are allergic to. Most “cinnamon” on grocery store shelves is actually cassia. If you have an unidentified allergy that occurs when you eat foods that contain generic “spices” or cinnamon, you might want to investigate the possibility of a cinnamon allergy.

If you know that it’s cassia that you’re allergic to, check out our list of the best true Ceylon cinnamon powders to make sure you’re getting the right kind: 4 Best Cinnamon Powders

Leave a Reply

135 Comments on "Allergy to Cinnamon"


Guest
Anonymous
5 years 6 months ago

I’ve always been fine with cinnamon, until recently my friend turned me on to cinnamon toothpicks. I noticed that they burned a few taste buds and stopped chewing them for a couple days. When I had a few cinnamon toothpicks a few days later, I woke up the next morning with my lips swelled to the point that my speech was slurred, there were also blisters covering my lips, tongue and inside of my mouth. I’m taking antihistamines, which help with the swelling. There needs to be a law forcing companies to disclose what has cinnamon in it. These companies need to do what’s right for people.

Guest
Anonymous
5 years 7 months ago

I have a cinnamon allergy and whenever I eat something with cinnamon or use a product with cinnamon I break out in hives. Yesterday I didn’t consume any cinnamon however I had a few marinated vegtables (artichoke hearts, hot pepper, roased red peper and olives) on my salad. By the following morning I had a minor outbreak of hives. I’ve read that Benzoates E210-E219 which is found in pickled items is something someone with a cinnamon allergy should avoid. Does anybody know anything about this? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks…..

Guest
Anonymous
5 years 7 months ago

I have a cinnamon allergy and whenever I eat something with cinnamon or use a product with cinnamon I break out in hives. Yesterday I didn’t consume any cinnamon however I had a few marinated vegtables (artichoke hearts, hot pepper, roased red peper and olives) on my salad. By the following morning I had a minor outbreak of hives. I’ve read that Benzoates E210-E219 which is found in pickled items is something someone with a cinnamon allergy should avoid. Does anybody know anything about this? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks…..

Guest
Lydia
5 years 7 months ago

I have a cinnamon allergy and whenever I eat something with cinnamon or use a product with cinnamon I break out in hives. Yesterday I didn’t consume any cinnamon however I had a few marinated vegtables (artichoke hearts, hot pepper, roased red peper and olives) on my salad. By the following morning I had a minor outbreak of hives. I’ve read that Benzoates E210-E219 which is found in pickled items is something someone with a cinnamon allergy should avoid. Does anybody know anything about this? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks…..

Guest
Ms Kim Thomason
5 years 7 months ago

Fed my 2 yr old some cinnamon toast earlier. It just was toast, butter, cinnamon, sugar. Her skin became red and inflammed around the mouth and areas where it had set while she was eating the whole piece of toast. She is ok. Called Dr and they said give Benedryl every 6 hours. I am doing now. She didn’t choke, cough, or stop breathing and seemed to have no trouble at all. But I am still watching her. Probably just a skin reaction allergy. Hoping so cuz she loved that cinnamon toast. I did too. Cinnamon is a strong spice so its gotta be a skin reaction. Otherwise she would’ve gotten worst. God Bless.