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Cashews Help Treat Diabetes
by Linda Miller
School of Montreal researchers recommend us one good way cashew extract may treat type two diabetes. New research published inside the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research suggests 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 native to northeastern Brazil.

Scientists at the School of Montreal and the School of Yaoundé in Cameroon studied how cashew products affected the responses of rat liver cells to insulin. In Canada, over 3 million Canadians have diabetes and this number is expected to reach 3.7 million by 2020, according to 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 viewed cashew tree leaves, bark, seeds and apples. They found that 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, that can have potential anti-diabetic properties.

In most people who have diabetes, a disorder called insulin resistance prevents the body from processing the hormone, which regulates energy and the processing of sugars in the body. Deficiency of insulin can lead to heart or kidney diseases over time.

The cashew nut is a popular snack, and its rich flavor means it's 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 are high in protein and a raw, natural source of energy. The fats and oils in cashew nuts are 54% monounsaturated fat, 18% polyunsaturated fat, and 16% 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, additionally, they help support healthy numbers of good (HDL) cholesterol.

Here below is a 4 serving recipe for "The Cashew Curry" made in 45 minutes with a wok or frying pan, a wooden spoon and the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound whole cashews
  • 2 T organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 2-in little bit of lemongrass or zest of just one lemon
  • 1 T coriander
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 chiles, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 15 oz unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 T cilantro, chopped

Sauté the shallots in the oil, stirring occasionally, until golden, about ten mins. Add the curry, lemon, turmeric, chiles, garlic, ginger, and salt, and cook until fragrant, 5-10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, another 5-10 minute. Remove curry leaves and serve, with diabetic rice or brown rice.

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