of Montreal experts recommend us one good way cashew extract may
treat type two diabetes
New information published
for the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research proposes cashew
seed extract may play an important role in preventing and treating
type 2 diabetes.
The cashew is a tree in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae.
The plant is native to northeastern Brazil.
Scientists at the College of Montreal and the University of Yaoundé
in Cameroon analyzed 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, based on the Canadian
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 looked at cashew tree leaves, bark, seeds and apples.
They found that precisely 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 could
have potential anti-diabetic properties.
In some 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.
Lack of insulin can lead to heart or kidney diseases over time.
The cashew nut is a popular snack, and its rich flavor means that
it's often eaten without treatment, lightly salted or sugared.
Cashews are a staple in vegan diets. They are used as a base in
sauces and gravies, and can take on sweet properties for frostings
They are high in protein and a raw, natural supply of energy.
The fats and oils in cashew nuts are 54% monounsaturated fat, 18%
polyunsaturated fat, and 16% 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
essential fatty acids, they also help support healthy levels of
good (HDL) cholesterol.
Here below is a 4 servings recipe "The Cashew Curry"
cooked in 45 min's with a wok or frying pan, a wooden spoon and
* ½ pound whole cashews
* 2 T olive oil
* 5 shallots, thinly sliced
* 5 curry leaves
* 2-in piece of lemongrass or zest of 1 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 minutes.
Add the curry, lemon, turmeric, chiles, garlic, ginger, and salt,
and cook until fragrant, 5-10 min's.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, another 5-10
min's. Remove curry leaves and serve, with diabetic rice or brown
About the author - Linda Miller writes for diabetic
cookbooks, her personal hobby web site centered on cooking tricks
to help people eat healthy to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes.