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What is nopal?

Nopales are the pads of the nopal cactus, and can be cooked or eaten raw.

Nopales or nopalitos are the pads of the nopal or prickly pear cactus. They are eaten as a vegetable and commonly found in restaurants, grocery stores, and farmers' markets across the American Southwest and Mexico.

They can be sautéed and used in many dishes, including tacos, scrambled eggs, or as a side dish with tomatoes and onions.

Nopales can also be eaten raw. They resemble a green pepper when diced and are turned into juice, jams, or tea.

Prickly pear fruit or the small, rounded, and often colorful part of the plant can also be consumed.

Juice extracted from the fruit is a popular drink of choice for health-conscious consumers in Mexico.

Nutritional information

One cup of raw nopales contains approximately:

  • 14 calories

  • 1 gram (g) of protein

  • less than 1 g of fat

  • 3 g of carbohydrate

  • 2 g of fiber

  • 1 g of sugar

  • 20 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin A

  • 8 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C

  • 141 mg of calcium

  • 4.6 mcg of vitamin K

The prickly pear fruit, which comes in a variety of colors, contains the flavonoids kaempferol and quercetin, which are antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties.

In a study comparing three different juices from various colors of prickly pear — red-purple, white-green, and yellow-orange — the red-purple variety had the most antioxidants.

Health benefits

Nopal juice may help to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It can also be used for treating wounds.

Both parts of the nopal plant — the nopales and the fruit — have been used in traditional medicine for disease treatment and prevention.

The cactus has been used to treat:

The purported benefits of fresh nopal juice include lowering blood sugar, healing wounds, and lowering cholesterol.

Human studies on the nopal cactus and its ability to treat or prevent disease are limited. Nevertheless, many studies have confirmed the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the plant.


Cactus plants have been traditionally used in Mexico for the treatment of diabetes.

In a small study of people with type 2 diabetes, two groups of participants were given a high carbohydrate breakfast. One group consumed nopal with their breakfast, while the other did not.

The group who ate the nopal had significantly lower blood sugar levels after the meal, as well as lower insulin levels, compared to the group who did not have nopal.

People with diabetes benefit from including high-fiber foods, such as nopal and prickly pear, in their diet. High-fiber diets can improve blood sugar, lower insulin levels, and improve blood lipids.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend consuming at least 25 g of fiber per day for women and 38 g for men.

By Megan Ware, RDN LD

Reviewed by Deborah Weatherspoon, PhD, RN, CRNA



"Tres Chiles is now open on Tennyson Street.” — Mark Antonation

"Tres Chiles Opens Breezy Mexican Eatery on Tennyson Street. " — Mark Antonation

"The transformation of a Berkeley real estate office in an old Denver home into a modern Mexican restaurant took a little over two years, but Tres Chiles is finally open at 3900 Tennyson Street. Tres Chiles was built by owner Nicolas Medina; the restaurant was unveiled earlier this month for soft openings but is now in full swing — just in time for warm spring weather. The dining room boasts rows of roll-up garaje doors on the south and west sides, turning the space into one giant covered patio when the doors are up.” — Print Article