Diabetes Information

The following is an article dealing with diabetes, written by Linda fromdiabetic cook books. She provides objective and credible information on healthy eating. A lot of this information does apply to BBQ as well as all other cuisines. I hope this is helpful information for some of you.

University of Montreal scientists indicate that new research published for the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research recommends cashew seed extract may play an important role in preventing and treating type two diabetes.

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 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 supposed 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 are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year.

Scientists looked at 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, which may have potential anti-diabetic properties.

In some people, a disorder called insulin resistance prevents the body from processing the hormone, which regulates energy and also the processing of sugars in the body.

A deficit of insulin can lead to 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 are high in protein and a raw, natural way to obtain energy.

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

Without 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 amounts of good (HDL) cholesterol.

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

* ½ pound whole cashews
* 2 T 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
* 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


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 min's. Remove curry leaves and serve, with diabetic rice or brown rice.

About the author - Linda Miller writes for diabetic cook books, her personal hobby site centered on cooking tips to help people eat healthy to reduce or manage diabetes.

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