Barbeque is what comes to mind when you hear mesquite, with its smoky sweetness and aroma that makes you drool. But mesquite goes beyond just fine smell, it can also provide a very tasty flour and tons of nutritional and health benefits. This organic superfood is one of the earliest known food of prehistoric man. For many centuries, it has been a part of the traditional diet of Native Americans and they have every reason why.
Mesquite or prosopis glandulosa is a hardy and fast growing woody plant that belong to the family pod bearing trees called leguminosae. A drought tolerant plant with around 45 species that thrives in the semi-arid climate of North America, South America, India and South Africa. Traditionally, mesquite canopy is used for fine woodworks and shelter while the branches make excellent firewood or charcoal. The pod however, is the most beneficial part of the plant which are usually dried and processed into a flavorsome flour. The pods can be made into gruels which are then fermented to make mesquite wine.
What makes mesquite an organic superfood are the remarkable nutrients and health benefits it provides.
It is loaded with vitamins as well as minerals like iron, calcium, zinc, and potassium, and lysine that blends together to help your body to support healthy cells and tissues and boost your immune system. An organic superfood that is an excellent source of special phytochemical known as quercetin, which has been found to be effective in reducing chronic neuro-inflamation.
Mesquite is also high in protein and complex carbohydrate, which makes it a perfect pre or post workout snack. The soluble fiber in this organic superfood causes it to be digested slowly and thus preventing the blood sugar level to spike up.
It is delightfully gluten-free, making mesquite an ideal food for individuals with auto-immune digestive ailment, better known a celiac disease. It has a low glycemic index that helps you maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Did you know that diabetes is unknown to the American Indians until they were introduced to processed food?
This legume has been a time-honored remedy for colds, dysentery, hoarseness, stomach aches, sore throat, measles and wounds. With all these health qualities, not bad for a tiny organic superfood!
Caution: Mesquite can cause allergic reactions to individuals with sensitivities. Pollens of mesquite contain about 13 kinds of protein that can trigger allergic reaction acquired through airborne pollens. Touching the tree can also cause an allergic reaction. Best to stay away… really far away.
Stay healthy. Eat clean. Eat more organic superfood.
The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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