Diabetes is Prevalent, Cashew Extract May Treat Diabetic Issues

University of Montreal researchers indicate for us, one good way cashew extract may treat diabetic issues.

A new study published for the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, proposes cashew seed extract may play an important role in preventing and treating diabetic issues.

The cashew is a tree in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The plant is indigenous to northeastern Brazil.

Scientists at the School of Montreal and the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon analyzed how cashew products affected the responses of rat liver cells to insulin.

In Canada, more than 3 million Canadians have diabetes, and this number is expected to reach 3.7 million by 2020, based on the Canadian Diabetes Association.

In U.S.A, according to the American Diabetes Association, from the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, there are total 23.6 million children and adults in the United States – 7.8% of the population – have diabetes. 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year.

Scientists researched cashew tree leaves, bark, seeds and apples. They found that precisely the cashew seed extract increased the absorption of blood sugar by the cells.

Extracts of other plant parts had no such effect, indicating that cashew seed extract likely contains active compounds, which may have potential anti-diabetic properties.

In most people who have diabetes, a condition called insulin resistance prevents the body from processing the hormone, which regulates energy and also the processing of sugars in the body.

Insufficient insulin may result in heart or kidney diseases as time passes.

The cashew nut is a popular snack, and its rich flavor means that it is often eaten without treatment, lightly salted or sugared.

Cashews are a staple in vegan diets. They are utilized as a base in sauces and gravies, and can take on sweet properties for frostings and cookies.

They’re high in protein and a raw, natural source of energy.

The fats and oils in cashew nuts are 54percent monounsaturated fat, 18per-cent polyunsaturated fat, and 16per-cent saturated fat (9% palmitic acid and 7% stearic acid).

Without any cholesterol cashew nuts are a healthy fat food for heart patients too. And because of their high amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids, in addition they help support healthy amounts of good (HDL) cholesterol.

The Cashew Curry • Linda Miller photo

Here, below, a 4 servings recipe “The Cashew Curry” made in 45 mins using a wok or frying pan, a wooden spoon and these ingredients:

* ½ pound whole cashews

* 2 T essential olive oil

* 5 shallots, thinly sliced

* 5 curry leaves

* 2-in bit of lemongrass or zest of 1 lemon

* 1 T coriander

* ½ t turmeric

* ½ t salt

* 2 chiles, thinly sliced

* 2 cloves garlic, minced

* 2 slices ginger

* 15 oz unsweetened coconut milk

* 2 T cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Sauté the shallots in the oil, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 10 minutes.

Add the curry, lemon, turmeric, chiles, garlic, ginger, and salt, and cook until fragrant, 5-10 mins.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, another 5-10 mins. Remove curry leaves and serve, with diabetic rice or brown rice.

The author – Linda Miller writes for http://www.diabeticcookbooks.org , her personal hobby blog targeted on cooking suggestions to help people eat healthy to avoid or deal with diabetic issues.

Medically references:

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2010/Jul/cashew-seeds-can-help-fight-against-diabetes-94654599.html

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117935711/grouphome/home.html

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1 comment for “Diabetes is Prevalent, Cashew Extract May Treat Diabetic Issues

  1. Hal
    July 27, 2010 at 11:04 am

    From the thread on Facebook:
    Michael Plunkett Sorry Hal- this gets a big thumbs down. Eat LESS carbs, increase fat intake. Not all diabetics are insulin resistant- some make tons of it but it never gets used ( bad beta cells) Insulin is the doorman to fat cell production. Carbs trigger insulin production- so avoid it. Fear the Bread not the Butter.

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