Gynura Mango Salad August 01 2013

Gynura Procumbens Mango Salad
This is a salad that anyone can enjoy. Even a diabetic! Many of us, including myself, thought mango is such a sweet fruit so it's not good for a diabetic. Interestingly, research have shown that mango has a low glycemic index (GI). Glycemic index is the numbers used to represent how much the blood sugar would rise after consuming a particular food. Eating food with high GI would spike the blood sugar. Although mango can be consumed by someone with diabetes or pre-diabetes but eating in moderation is always the key!

Here's one of my favorite salads I enjoy eating whenever I have a mango laying around.

1/2-1 mango (if you have diabetes I would suggest to try smaller quantity first) :)
1 boiled egg red or brown rice, cooked. (stay away from white rice!)
Gynura Procumbens, cut in thin stripes
roasted minced garlic (or mince fresh garlic if you can handle it!)

1-2 tablespoons of RAW Apple cider vinegar
olive oil
very small dash of salt, sprinkle this over your salad.

For dressing I just drizzle the vinegar and olive oil over the salad then toss before I eat. Be gentle with the apple cider vinegar, the smell is strong. Adjust according to your taste slowly.

Some Tips:
If you can find "brown basmati rice" at your local health market they have much lower GI. White rice have a higher GI so it is not recommended. I added rice to my salad for some carbohydrates which keeps me full a little longer.
- Garlic helps to get your blood circulating, lowering blood pressure.
- Egg is good source for protein.
- Gynura Procumbens help regulate your blood sugar!
- Raw apple cider vinegar has probiotics which strengthens your immune system. It also helps with lowering your blood sugar.
- Olive oil has good fat that your body can use. Specifically omega-3 and omega-6. Olive oil can help fight cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

As always, I encourage you to do more research -- learn and experience your foods. See what works for your body. Eat healthy, exercise, laugh a lot! Good luck to you and your health! :)