Do you want to know how to make nopal juice? Here’s the easy recipe, its benefits, risks and what you need to know.
Where do we start?
- A blender.
- A knife.
- Large glass or cup.
- Vegetable peeler (optional).
- A filter or strainer (optional).
We need 2 ingredients for this juice.
- A large nopal leaf.
- 1/2 cup of cold, clean water.
Nopal juice – Recipe
For the recipe, follow these 3 steps.
- First, remove all the spines from the nopal leaf with a knife or vegetable peeler. Be careful when handling sharp tools!
- Then, wash it with hot water and cut it into small pieces.
- Finally, blend the nopal pieces together with 1/2 cup of water at medium speed for 1 minute or until smooth. If necessary, add a little more water and blend again or filter the result (optional).
That’s all! Now you can serve and enjoy this wonderful juice!
Properties / Benefits
Among its main nutrients, nopal includes plenty of fiber (2.2 g per 100 g), water (94%) and antioxidants (polyphenols, carotenoids and others). Due to this, its juice may help cleanse the body, improve circulation and promote digestive health, among other benefits.
Can nopal juice lower high blood sugar?
According to a 2014 study, it could help prevent glucose spikes after eating in people with type 2 diabetes. In any case, we recommend diabetics to consult with their health care provider regarding the foods they should consume.
If you’re interested, you can find more information about juices to lower blood sugar here.
Does nopal juice work for weight loss?
In short, it may add up when it comes to losing weight. This is mainly due to 2 reasons:
- It has few calories (16 kcal per 100 g).
- Its nutrients may promote bowel movements. Therefore, they may help you lose some weight in the short term.
In any case, to lose weight in a healthy way you should follow a proper diet and habits. You can find more information and juices to lose weight here.
Risks / Drawbacks
Among its main risks, this food may cause headaches, nausea, diarrhea and other problems. Especially if it’s consumed raw and in excess.
On the other hand, pregnant and diabetic people should consult their doctor before consuming this food. Remember that nopal may modify blood sugar levels.
To keep in mind: It’s key to follow a healthy eating plan according to your goals and body.
To see all our recipes with nopal, click here.