Nopal powder is made from grinding dried baby prickly pear cactus leaves together. Cactus leaves have been used in South American and Mexcian diets for over 12,000 years. This dried powder is easy to add to smoothies and fruit juices. Because a cactus lives in such dry conditions, its body is made to hold water. Some studies have shown that dried nopal can help a person feel full, as it rapidly absorbs water in the stomach. This makes a person feel full, along with making the food take longer to digest so they feel satisfied longer. Also, nopal's polysaccharides, along with its pectins and mucilages, slow down intestinal transit and absorption of sugar, thereby supporting healthy glucose levels.
Nutritionists have long touted the health benefits of raw foods. The "Raw" logo indicates that the food was not heated above 118 F, which is the temperature at which many beneficial enzymes are believed to be destroyed. Raw foods contain more usable nutrients than their "cooked" counterparts, along with being easily absorbed by the body.