May 22, 2012

Benefits of Mesquite Powder...Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series

In the quest to constantly be finding new foods to help live a healthier life I am always happy when I find one I was not familiar with before. Although not very commonly used, Mesquite powder is a traditional food of indigenous cultures. Considered a perfectly balanced food, Native Americans historically relied heavily on it for nourishment due to it's high digestible protein and fiber content. The mesquite tree produces large seed-filled pods, which are collected, ground into a delicious caramel flavored flour, and used in recipes. Desert dwellers often relied upon the sweet pods as a staple food, and would even use them as a bartering tool with neighboring tribes. Today, Mesquite is commonly used for balancing blood sugar levels. Mesquite flour offers a naturally sweet flavor to recipes, but its sugars are derived from fructose (which does not require insulin to digest and is readily metabolized) so balancing blood sugar levels are easier. Additionally, the flour is an excellent form of fiber – meeting almost a quarter of daily needs in just two tablespoons – which not only improves digestion but further benefits sugar metabolism. Mesquite also contains lysine (an amino acid) which in combination with other amino acids helps break down fat and convert it to energy, as well as notable quantities of, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. There are a few simple recipes but these raw mesquite balls are quick, easy + super good...

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