Mesquite is a traditional Native American food, used for 2000 years as a valuable source of nutrition and as a barter with neighboring tribes. It is produced by gathering ripened seedpods from the mesquite tree and grinding them into a flour-like powder. It has a pleasantly sweet maple syrup-like flavor. Mesquite is rich in calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, and zinc. It is high protein, high lysine, and has a high dietary fiber content. Medical studies have found that despite its sweetness, mesquite is highly effective in controlling and stabilizing blood sugar levels. Soluble fibers in the powder slow the absorption of nutrients, resulting in a flattened blood sugar curve. This is good news for diabetics, weight watchers or those who want to eat healthier.
Adding a tablespoon of mesquite powder to your drink may help to stave off hunger for about 4 to 6 hours. Blending mesquite with other foods may help to lower the glycemic load of high carb foods. Mesquite can be blended with grain or rice flour using about 30% mequite to 70% flour. It can also be used in smoothies, desserts, salad dressings or as a topping for vegetable dishes.
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