Nopal cactus, also known as the prickly pear cactus, is found natively in the southwestern regions of the United States and in Mexico. They are a spectacularly healthy type of cacti with a wide range of health benefits, such as:
- Nopals are one of the very low-calorie vegetables. 100 g of fresh leaves carry just 16 calories. Nonetheless, its modified leaves (paddles) have many vital phytochemicals, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can immensely benefit health.
- They are rich sources of dietary fiber, which helps bring a reduction in body weight, LDL-cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. This fiber and mucilaginous content in cactus aid in smooth passage of digested food through the gut and help relieve constipation problems.