The Paleo List Answers:IS FENUGREEK PALEO?
The Fenugreek name sounds like a brand of Greek yogurt, but in fact it is a plant consumed as an herb, spice, and fresh vegetable. You may have heard Dr. Oz recommend it as a natural way to boost human growth hormone production, or perhaps your doctor prescribed Fenugreek tea to help boost breast milk production. What exactly is it? And is it Paleo?
What is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is actually a plant, and the individual parts are commonly used in the various cuisines of the Indian Subcontinent, and throughout the near east. The seeds are more commonly used than the fresh leaves, though both can be found. Fenugreek seeds are used in the U.S. mixed into curry powders, and primarily in herbal remedies to treat Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as digestive issues, hernias, and ailments associated with low hormone production. The flavor and smell of Fenugreek is sweet, and somewhat similar to maple syrup, which is why it is also used as a flavoring component in imitation maple syrup.
Is Fenugreek Paleo?
Well, Fenugreek, it all its various uses and iterations is Paleo. However, if you are on the autoimmune protocol, it is advised that you avoid spices derived from seeds, so Fenugreek powder should be avoided. Additionally, it can counteract certain medications, or cause your blood sugar to drop, so be sure to ask your doctor if you are taking medications like Warfarin. Otherwise, it looks like this spice can and should be incorporated in your Paleo cooking!
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