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Eating the prickly pear for your health

  1. Eating a prickly pear is something I tried a while ago. I suddenly saw them in the supermarket and thought 'let me experiment'. They taste sour and sweet and it is something that one likes very much and that the other is disappointed with. In any case, it is a fruit that stimulates your taste buds and for people who want to try something new, this is certainly new.

  2. Eating a prickly pear is something I tried a while ago. I suddenly saw them in the supermarket and thought 'let me experiment'. They taste sour sweet and it is something that one likes very much and that the other is disappointed with. In any case, it is a fruit that stimulates your taste buds and for people who want to try something new this is certainly new.

  1. TIP from Robert Jan: Did you know that prickly pear oil is incredibly good for the skin ?! Would you like to try prickly pear oil? You need this >>

  1. The prickly pear is grown in Italy and Morocco. Your ecological footprint is therefore not too high. In the Netherlands we eat a lot of food from these two countries.

Eat prickly pear

  1. A prickly pear is a hard fruit, just like the coconut, so you have to overcome the skin to get to the pulp.

  2. A prickly pear is a hard fruit, just like the coconut, so you have to overcome the peel to get to the pulp.

  1. You therefore first cut off the ends of the cactus pear, or fig because this fruit has many names. Then cut lengthwise through the skin. Then you can peel the peel off the cactus pear, just like an orange.

  2. You therefore first cut off the ends of the cactus pear, or fig because this fruit has many names. Then cut lengthwise through the skin. Then you can peel off the peel of the cactus pear, just like an orange.

  1. After that it is very similar to a kiwi, cucumber or avocado. You can then cut off pieces to eat or use in prickly pear recipes.

Cactus fruit healthy

  1. Fruit is generally very healthy and that can also be said about the prickly pear. You can already tell from the nutrients it contains that it is a healthy fruit and in addition, nutrition is increasingly scientifically researched for health benefits.

  2. Fruit is generally very healthy and that can also be said about the prickly pear. You can already tell from the nutrients it contains that it is a healthy fruit and in addition, nutrition is increasingly being scientifically researched for health benefits.

  1. That's why I'm going to go a little deeper into the healthy nutrients in the cactus pear and the scientific research that has gone into it.

Nutrients in the cactus fruit

  1. The prickly pear contains no less than 5 grams of fiber per 100 grams. This is a lot. Fiber has an important function for the bowel movement. They ensure that all nutrients are properly absorbed by the intestines.

  1. In addition, it ensures that your blood sugar level remains stable, which lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes and so that you suffer less from your diabetes than with less fiber.

  1. If you often suffer from constipation, eating a cactus fruit can also help to reduce intestinal blockages. The fibers also ensure that your stool remains softer, making it easier to move through your intestines.

  1. This is because fiber binds to LDL cholesterol. The grease makes everything slide better. In addition, this can improve cholesterol problems.

  1. 1 cactus pear also contains about 35% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. This means that vitamin C plays an important role in protecting your DNA. This is because free radicals, which are tiny molecular particles, can damage it, but when vitamin C binds to them, they are rendered harmless.

  1. In addition, vitamin C also plays an important role in other processes in your body, such as strengthening your immune system. Vitamin C therefore plays an important role in the prevention of colds and other illnesses.

  1. Vitamin C is also good for absorbing iron. If you suffer from anemia, it is important to take more vitamin C in addition to more iron.

  1. To a slightly lesser extent than vitamin C, there is also vitamin A in the prickly pear. Vitamin A is also an important antioxidant. In fact, when the vitamin C gets depleted, it gets extra strength from the vitamin A. Vitamin A is generally higher in animal products, so this is a good plant-based source of vitamin A for the vegetarians among us.

  1. Vitamin A is just like vitamin C important for resistance and a powerful antioxidant that protects your DNA against free radicals.

  1. In addition, vitamin A is very important for your tissues, such as your skin and bones. Vitamin A is therefore very important for beautiful skin. It can also improve your eyesight so that you can see better at night, for example.

  1. Niacin is also known as Vitamin B3. This vitamin is important for the amount of energy you have and the health of your mucous membrane. Such as your saliva and the mucous membrane in your intestines. Niacin is in almost all food, so a shortage fortunately does not occur often.

  1. Folic acid, also known as vitamin B11, is also very important for your health. For example, it plays a role in the production of red blood cells.

  1. It is also important for the prevention of spina bifida in a fetus. Extra folic acid is always recommended during pregnancy.

  1. Besides vitamins, there are also important minerals in the cactus pear. Magnesium, for example, is abundantly present. This mineral is very important for the relaxation of your muscles. In some cases it is therefore useful to lower your blood pressure.

  1. Magnesium is also important for your brain. It helps to reduce stress and improve concentration.

  1. Phosphorus is an extremely important mineral. It provides strength to your bones. It is also part of your DNA. Every new cell that is made therefore needs phosphorus as a building block. Phosphorus is also used by the body for energy and the metabolism of fats and proteins.

  1. Potassium is a mineral best known for its antihypertensive properties, but why it lowers blood pressure is not clear to everyone.

  1. Potassium helps the kidneys to expel excess fluid from the body. This lowers blood pressure.

  1. In addition, potassium is important for the signal in your nervous system to make muscles contract. An important mineral for your movement, just like magnesium helps to relax the muscles.

  1. Copper is important for oxygen transport in the blood. If you often suffer from fatigue, eating foods with iron and copper is important to get more energy and to reduce anemia.

  1. In addition, copper is important for the pigment in our skin and in the formation of tissues, such as that of the skin and bone tissue.

  1. Copper also has an important role for the resistance in our body and for energy management.

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What medical science says about the cactus pear

  1. As you have seen, the cactus pear contains all kinds of substances that protect your body against oxidation. For example, it is a good fruit to protect your blood vessels. The inner blood cells in particular are better protected by the prickly pear so that you keep flexible blood vessels longer and so that you are less likely to suffer from cholesterol that "sticks" in your bloodstream.

  1. Research carried out with rats also shows that the prickly pear has an anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation was induced in the rats in several ways. Then they were given cactus pear extract that could reduce inflammation. Because we humans are also often exposed to substances that can cause inflammation, such as particulate matter and other free radicals, scientists indicated that eating prickly pears can help improve overall health and reduce inflammatory-based disorders.]

Cactus pear recipes

  1. In order to enjoy the prickly pear for your health even more, I have come up with a number of recipes that you can try.

  1. Since this is a southern fruit, it is best to combine it with other southern or summer fruits. In addition, these fruits provide a balanced taste. The advantages of the mango are that it also contains a lot of fiber and also important vitamins and minerals. The advantage of the melon is that it is also nice and juicy and is also a good source of vitamins. With this fruit salad you will get through a whole part of the day.

Preparation:

  1. Cut off the ends of the prickly pear and then cut the skin in so you can peel it off. Then cut the fruit into pieces. You can buy mango pieces ready-made. Cut a wedge from the melon and cut the fruit into pieces. Put all the pieces in a deep plate or in a bowl and enjoy!

  1. A smoothie is an easy way to quickly absorb a lot of good nutrients. Adding blueberries to this smoothie makes it even healthier because it also contains polyphenols, which are important antioxidants. The spinach provides an extra portion of vegetables and iron. The avocado is a good fruit for vegetable proteins. Very important to the vegans reading this.

Preparation:

  1. Before making a smoothie with the cactus fruit it is important to remove the seeds. These don't blend well and can get stuck in your throat and irritate you, just like a fish grade.

  1. Once you have cut open the cactus fruit you can mash it with a fork or spoon and then remove the seeds. Then you put the rest of the fruit in the smoothie maker or blender. Add a handful of blueberries and a handful of spinach leaves. To make the smoothie as green as possible, you also add avocado. Cut the avocado in half and remove the stone. Then spoon the fruit out of the skin and put the pulp in the blender or smoothie maker.

  1. Besides these two recipes, there are many other ways you can use the cactus pear. It is also often used in lemonade, jam and as a snack with coconut milk.

Finallyâ €!

  1. Eating the prickly pear for health is a good idea. It has all kinds of anti-inflammatory functions that allow it to help with conditions where inflammation often causes worse things. This has not yet been scientifically researched, but scientists already suspect that the cactus pear can be used for this.

  1. TIP from Robert Jan: Did you know that prickly pear oil is incredibly good for the skin ?! Would you like to try prickly pear oil? You need this >>

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