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Prickly Pear Cactus

What other names is Prickly Pear Cactus known by? Barbary-fig Cactus, Cactus Flowers, Cactus Fruit, Cactus Pear Fruit, Figue d'Inde, Figuier de Barbarie, Fruit du Cactus, Fruit de l'Oponce, Gracemere-Pear, Indian-fig Prickly Pear Cactus, Indien-Figue, Nopal, Nopal Cactus, Nopales, Nopol, OPI, Oponce, Opuntia, Opuntia cardona, Opuntia ficus, Opuntia ficus-indica, Opuntia Fruit, Opuntia fuliginosa, Opuntia hyptiacantha, Opuntia lasciacantha, Opuntia macrocentra, Opuntia megacantha, Opuntia puberula, Opuntia streptacantha, Opuntia velutina, Opuntia violacea, Prickly Pear, Tuna Cardona, Westwood-Pear. What is Prickly Pear Cactus? Prickly pear cactus is a plant. It is part of the diet in Mexican and Mexican-American cultures. Only the young plant is eaten; older plants are too tough. Prickly pear cactus is also used for medicine. Prickly pear cactus is used for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol hangover, colitis, diarrhea, and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). It is also used to fight viral infections. In foods, the prickly pear juice is used in jellies and candies. Most research on this product has been performed in Mexico by one research group. Possibly Effective f Continue reading >>

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  1. ForEverYoung

    Cactus/Nopales, why are they good for diabetics.

    Now that I know what effects diabetes. I started looking into why Nopales might be good for diabetics.
    I don't see why?
    Here are the nutritional facts. I don't see anything in might stimulate insulin effeciency(More insulin, increase liver absorption of bgs, decrease insulin resistance). Does anyone know what the thinking is behind the theory that NOPLES are supposed to be good for you?
    http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Article...nutrition.aspx
    I can see that they are low in carbs, but then again there isn't any other energy sources. At least not much.

  2. jwags

    I did some quick research and found they are high in soluble fiber. That is the same kind in oatmeal, barley and shiratake noodles. I've never eaten one and I'm not sure how to cook them. They are big in Mexico. Here is an article from Diabetes Journals
    http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/30/5/1264.full

  3. ForEverYoung

    So are they saying that it lowers your glycemic index?

    These findings demonstrate that the addition of nopales to the usual Mexican breakfast among type 2 diabetic subjects induced a reduction in glucose concentration after the meal. The reduction in glycemic index obtained for the three meals was 21, 12, and 15 glycemic index units. Results are consistent with the low glycemic index and glycemic load of the nopales (3). The addition of a very low glycemic index and glycemic load plus 3 g fiber from nopales shows a significant reduction of IAUC in all breakfasts.
    Wow, that would mean that noples lower the glycemic index of meals.
    I wonder if putting some in my oatmeal would lower spikes?? lol

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