2 tablespoons oil2 onions, sliced (or 2 -3 cloves of garlic or garlic plus onions)2 small red chillies, seeds removed and chopped½ teaspoon cracked black pepper4 chicken breast./thigh meat fillets, sliced600g pumpkin, peeled and thinly sliced3 tablespoons fish sauce¼ cup basil leaves
Since I’ve been on this culinary trajectory I’ve learnt to appreciate pumpkins [6.5gm/carbohydrate/100grams].
There are many varieties to choose from – maybe over 150 – each with a different taste either variying in nuttiness or sweetness; texture or colour.
My pumpkin journey of discovery , however, has only really just begun.
East China Normal University research on type-1 diabetic rats, published in July 2007, suggests that chemical compounds found in pumpkin promote regeneration of damaged pancreatic cells, resulting in increased bloodstream insulin levels. According to the research team leader, pumpkin extract may be "a very good product for pre-diabetic people, as well as those who already have diabetes," possibly reducing or eliminating the need for insulin injections for some type-1 diabetics. It is unknown whether pumpkin extract has any effect on diabetes mellitus type 2, as it was not the subject of the study.