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Meet Nopalito!

Meet Nopalito!

Infused with nopal cactus, habanero, and cilantro, you’ve probably never tried a broth like Nopalito before. 

Nopal cactus, also known as prickly pear, is lauded for everything from regulating blood sugar to reducing oxidative stress. While it’s well-known for its health benefits and its use in juices and cocktails, most people don’t know that you can cook with it too! Here at FOND, this superstar ingredient is one we’ve been leaning on for years to make our cult-favorite Nopalito flavor. 

With just the right amount of spice, Nopalito may just be your new favorite flavor. Check out its key ingredients below.

Habanero

It’s been said the habanero pepper has a Napoleon complex. We add just enough to give you a little burn, but is there more in that spice than meets the taste bud?

The capsaicin in habaneros is responsible for the spice, but also for many of the health benefits, from pain relief to weight loss. In fact, capsaicin may reduce appetite and increase the body's ability to burn fat.

Cilantro

Though sometimes its flavor can be polarizing, there's no arguing that cilantro has some incredible health benefits, from heavy metal detox to supporting heart health. 

A few studies actually show that cilantro can support heavy metal detox and elimination from the body, even decreasing oxidative stress caused by heavy metal excess. 

Since cilantro is antioxidant-rich, including the flavonoid quercetin, it can protect against oxidative stress and damage from free radicals. 

Among its laundry list of other benefits? The whole herb may lower blood sugar levels, and cilantro also supports heart health, may prevent UTIs, support digestive health, and more. 

 

A growing body of evidence also suggests that cilantro may be useful as a remedy for pain and inflammation. Just call it super cilantro!

Nopales

Nopales are cactus leaves and while they're decidedly not a common broth ingredient, they're an integral part of our Nopalito flavor (it was even named after them!).

Nopales are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese making nopal water a great source of electrolytes.

Studies show nopales have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, antimicrobial and neuroprotective properties, helping to boost the immune system, support a healthy gut and digestive system, and slow the aging process.

Nopal has been used in traditional Mexican medicine for years to treat diabetes, and modern research is finally taking notice. Nopal has a low glycemic index and has the ability to lower high blood glucose levels, preventing blood sugar spikes after meals. Studies have shown that in some cases eating nopal has decreased blood glucose levels in those with Type 2 Diabetes by up to 46%. 

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We love using synergistic, nutrient-packed ingredients to make our bone broth even more delicious. 

While we love Nopalito for sipping, it's great in your cooking too. We recommend our fan favorite, Caldo de Pollo! This delicious chicken soup is full of veggies, flavor, and health benefits galore.

Bowl of Southwestern Chicken Soup (Caldo de Pollo)

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