Nopal Cactus Powder
Nopal cactus is traditionally part of Latin American cooking. Whole nopal cactus pads can be found in most Mexican grocery stores and is prepared a variety of ways. In Mexico, the whole cactus pad has long been used as a healing food, treating ailments ranging from whopping cough, asthma, to topical skin infections, burns, and more.
In 2007, numerous studies revealed that boiled nopal cactus pads had a significant effect on the blood sugar of non-insulin dependent diabetics. Many type 2 diabetics have found nopal to be a complete replacement for blood sugar medications. Consumption of nopal on a daily basis has also been shown in clinical studies to lower both total and LDL cholesterol. Nopal continues to be tested for its effect on blood sugar stabilization and cholesterol and is widely used my naturopathic doctors to combat the effects of Type 2 diabetes.
The reason nopal can have such a strong effect on blood sugar is suspected to be two-fold. Nopal’s large fiber content is one reason. Fiber has long been proven to promote normal blood sugar. In addition, its believed that nopal may actually effect insulin sensitivity, blocking glucose production on a cellular level and slowing the absorption of carbohydrates. Just a sprinkle of Chosen Foods Nopal Fiber Powder can make a dramatic difference in blood sugar levels.
How to Use Chosen Foods Nopal
It is easy to add nopal to everyday meals. A teaspoon in a smoothie or a few tablespoons in sauces or soups. Chosen Foods has customers using nopal in baked goods as well. By substituting half of the flour called for, with Nopal Fiber Powder, people with blood sugar issues can still enjoy their favorite baked treats, without the unwanted spike in glucose.