Know the benefits of canary seed milk for diabetes and how you can prepare it at home easily with a few ingredients.
Canary seed comes from the plant Canary grass, Phalaris canariensis. The plant is believed to have originated in the Canary Islands. Traditionally, people have used canary seed as birdfeed, in combination with rapeseed and other millets.
The biggest obstacle to the mainstream consumption of Canary seed as a cereal grain was that the Hairy Canary Seed variety had carcinogenic silica fibres in its husk. Known as Alpiste in Mexico and other Hispanic communities, alpiste Leche was recognized as a popular addition to local recipes.
Considering the global demand for better plant-based protein sources, the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada developed a new Glabrous canary seed approved as a novel food product safe for human consumption in 2015.
Canary seed groats contain approximately 61% starch, 20% protein, 8% fat, and 7% dietary fibre. When compared to contemporary grains, such as oats, barley, wheat, and rye, they are extremely high in protein. 100g of Canary Seed accounts for 315 kcal; it’s a good Calcium, Iron, and potassium source.
Canary Seed Milk for Diabetes
The anti-diabetic effect of canary seed is due to the release of bioactive peptides during digestion. In individuals affected by Type 2 Diabetes, Dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV), an enzyme, inactivates the incretin hormones, increasing blood glucose levels.
Research shows that the bioactive peptides in Canary seed inhibit the DPP-IV enzyme, allowing the incretin hormone to function unhindered and also keep glucose levels in check.
Canary seed is gluten-free; it’s suitable for sensitive individuals who can suffer allergic reactions to gluten-containing cereals like wheat.
2. Bioactive Peptides
Bioactive peptides exhibit antioxidant activity by reacting with free radical species to prevent tissue damage and decay.
3. Aids Ailments
Homeopathic medicine also uses Canary seed milk for liver and pancreatic ailments. Canary seed is rich in unsaturated fatty acid, crucial for a heart-healthy diet.
4. Neuro Health
Glutamic acid is the most abundant amino acid in the brain, and changes in its metabolism can also lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Glutamic acid is present in abundance in canary seed.
5. Anti-inflammatory Properties
Some users and researchers have also noted anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity [due to the enzyme lipase] properties.
Canary Seed Milk: Preparation and Consumption
Ground/powdered form is available in stores and online; you can mix it directly with milk or water to make the drink. You may add cinnamon or honey to balance the nutty flavor.
- Soak five tablespoons of canary seed in water overnight
- In the morning, drain and blend the seeds in 1 liter of fresh water till a milky consistency is achieved. You can also use soy milk instead of freshwater.
- You can obtain 3 glasses of milk from this; which you can refrigerate and consume during the day.
- Daily use for up to 3 months, on an empty stomach and just before bed, to see positive health effects.
Experts suggest canary seed milk as a supplement to a balanced diet and regular exercise regimen for a healthy lifestyle. Consult a physician before making any dietary changes that could affect your health and well-being.