Xoconostle (pronounced choko-nose-leh) is the fruit from the Nopal cactus, and it is originally from Mexico. It looks very similar to a pear cactus or prickly pear, but contrary to the sweet taste of a pear cactus, xoconostle has a sour taste. As a curious fact, the fruit’s name comes from the Nahuatl language “Xococ” which means sour. This Mexican fruit is commonly used in salsa recipes due to its sour taste.
Recent studies have found very beneficial effects in the blood sugar levels of people with diabetes that consumed xoconostle fruit. Individuals that consumed xoconostle extract experienced lower blood sugar levels than those who did not consume the fruit. The same hypoglycemic effect was observed in healthy individuals; with further studies this Mexican fruit could be another way to help manage diabetes.
In addition to the positive effects xoconostle has on blood glucose levels, research suggests it also has a positive effective in cholesterol and triglycerides levels. These two fatty acids tend to be in excess when there are problems with the metabolic system. So far we know xoconostle helps prevent high blood sugar levels, which cause great damage to the circulatory system and other organs. Also it helps control cholesterol and triglycerides levels, when these fatty acids are in excess we are more prone to heart attack and stroke. Xoconostle is a very nutritious fruit that can contribute with multiple vitamins and essential minerals to our everyday diet.
Nature gives us many ways to improve our health, and xoconostle is one of those wonders from Mother Nature. It has many health benefits for people with diabetes like controlling blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and improving our nutrient intake with the multiple vitamins and minerals it contains. Have you ever tried xoconostle? Share some recipes with us, and tell us how your sugars behave when you eat this fruit!