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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Edible Mequite Bean (Revisited)

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Researchers report that mesquite is highly effective in balancing blood sugar. The natural sweetness in the pods comes from fructose.

Fructose does not require insulin to be metabolized making it safe for diabetics. The high rate of dietary fiber, pads are 25% fiber, causes the nutrients in mesquite to be absorbed slowly preventing the spikes and valleys in blood sugar.

With a glycemic index of 25, mesquite requires a longer time to digest then many grains. The digestive time for mesquite is to 4 to 6 hours unlike wheat that digests in 1 to 2 hours.

These factors result in a food that maintains a constant blood sugar for a sustained time and as a result prevents hunger. Here is a food that supports the diabetic’s diet and helps maintain a healthy insulin system in those not affected with blood sugar problem.

Mesquite flour not only stabilizes blood sugar but it tastes great with a sweet, slightly nutty with a hint of molasses flavor. Further this food delivers a big hit of nutritional value.

It is high in dietary fiber and protein including lysine. The ground pods are between 11% and 17% protein. Mesquite is a good source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Mesquite is low carbohydrate, low glycemic and low in fat.

The bean pods should be harvested early before they begin to dry and harden. They can be eaten raw or boiled like green beans. When eaten raw they have a bitter sweet green apple taste, which I enjoy.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!



  1. The confusion about sugar is enormous. It is simply not true that fructose does not require insulin to be metabolized.

    100% of all sugars and carbohydrates are converted to glucose in your body. It is ONLY after these foods become glucose that your body can use it. The glucose is stored in your liver and modified slightly and stored in your muscles. People who are in excellent physical condition are able to store more energy in their muscles and liver and are able to convert other forms of stored food to glucose quicker. 100% of your body energy comes from converting glucose into energy, mostly in your muscles but also in your body organs like your brain. If your body has too much glucose in your blood stream it will be converted to a fat and stored in your fat cells. Insulin accomplishes this within your body and keeps your blood sugar in bounds. At that point in your metabolism there is no sucrose or fructose it is all glucose.

  2. This too is incorrect. The body does use glucose for energy. The cells of your body store glucose as a long chain of glucose molecules tied together. This chain is called glycogen. Glycogen is stored primarily in muscle and liver cells with smaller amounts stored elsewhere. Glycogen cannot provide energy directly so glucose must be released from the chain. This is accomplished by an enzyme called glucagon. If too much glucose remains in the blood but is not needed for energy then it is put back onto the glycogen chain by another enzyme, insulin.

  3. Dried Mesquite tree beans were ground and made into a refreshing drink that tastes like lemonade.