Nopales has great benefits for people trying to lose weight.
Nopal cactus is native to the United States and Central America and has been eaten for centuries for medicinal purpose as well for a regular staple. The Prickly pear cactus are full of healthy dietary fiber that promotes a “full” feeling that helps fight food cravings. Nopales also contains a good amount of calcium and manganese.
Studies show the prickly plant can play an important role in maintaining healthy weight levels. Researchers in Berlin, Germany recently showed that Nopal cactus fiber binds to dietary fat and increases its excretion from the body, thus reducing the dietary fat that gets absorbed. Ultimately, the process helps in reducing a person’s body weight.
Preparing cactus requires using a very sharp knife to cut away the darker bumps and the thorns, but leave the dark skin on the outside because it contains many important nutrients.
After that step is done, the cactus pad can be sliced into strips and put into smoothies, diced and added to a fruit salad or prepared as a side dish by simply adding your choice of flavoring.
Eat more nopales if you want to shed the pounds.