If you're looking to cook some easy diabetic meals, consider this vegetable. Bittermelon is absolutely a nutrient packed vegetable that's under-utilized. Consider it the vegetarian food for diabetes.
Bitter Melons or Bitter Gourds have long been known in Asia as the vegetable or a vegetarian food for Diabetes. They are green with smooth spikes or bumps.
It taste a little bitter but when cooked right, it's real tasty. I guess you just have to adopt to the taste first in order to reap the benefits.
When I was young, I've always seen my Mom make 'Kinilaw' which means raw sliced bitter melons with some lemon juice or 'limosito' - the name for those tiny lemons native to the Philippines.
My Mom would slice the bitter gourds ever so thinly, sprinkle it with salt and let it sit for a few minutes as the vegetable release it's bitter taste.
She then would squeeze the liquid out of them and rinse. After they're rinsed, she'd put some fresh lemon juice in them for a refreshing 'kinilaw'.
There are a lot of other health benefits of Bitter Melons besides maintaining insulin levels in diabetics; such as treating various skin conditions like Psoriasis, skin abscess, wounds, stomach disorders and skin infections.
I was always been told as a kid that Bitter Melons are very good for people with Diabetes. As far as I can remember, I haven't seen much or anyone in my old country with this disease and didn't even know what it is until later in life when I saw an amputee uncle. They used to make him bitter melon sauteed with eggs as part of his complete breakfast to help him maintain his insulin levels.
Bitter Melons with coconut milk is one of the diabetic vegetarian recipes that you can try and adopt. You can make the 'kinilaw' recipe as mentioned above but the suggestion is to make the cooked version first to get accustomed to the taste.
Because of the natural insulin compound found in this vegetable, there's no harm to include this bittermelon recipe as part of your easy diabetic meals.
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