Mesquite:  A Diabetes Superfood

Mesquite: A Diabetes Superfood

“Type 2 diabetes was virtually unheard of in Southwestern tribes as many of their native foods had protective properties and helped keep blood sugar levels low and stable. As mesquite meal began to be replaced with white flour (and other unhealthy foods were added to their diet), type 2 diabetes became a problem. In fact, tribes in this area now have the highest rates of diabetes in the world.

Mesquite is a high-protein superfood that is low on the glycemic index, is gluten-free and is a good source of calcium, iron, lysine, manganese, potassium, and zinc. With respect to diabetes, it is a good source of soluble fiber, tannins, inulin, and mucilaginous polysaccharide gums that help to prevent and improve diabetes.”



Contributed by:  La Chucana

Iris Rodriguez

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