Here Is Why Millet Is A Miracle Food For Diabetics

Apr 4 2017 - 7:42am
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Blood-sugar friendly grains can be a hot issue for diabetics. In searching for the ultimate glycemic-index-friendly food, many diabetics want to get the most bang for their buck without raising blood sugar levels. Now they can!

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Since learning that two slices of wheat bread can raise blood sugar levels higher than a candy bar, many diabetics tend to avoid it. In fact, in order to stay ahead of the blood-sugar game that many diabetics have to play, many are discovering that their bodies actually feel better when they’re not eating wheat. While this can be due to an additional underlying viral condition that comes along with their disease, the point remains that it’s another food they can’t eat and this can become frustrating.

While already feeling limited in their dietary intake, and like they’re left without a choice in the world after avoiding wheat, many diabetics feel hopeless that there are alternatives. This in turn can raise their stress levels and actually raise their blood sugar along with it.

The Name Of The Game Is Keeping The Blood Sugar Down

Regulating blood sugar levels is what’s on every diabetics mind, and it can make mealtimes stressful.

Eating shouldn’t be stressful. In an attempt to figure out what they can eat, diabetics have finally found magic in Millet. Millet is as versatile as rice, without the blood sugar surge.

A study done in India comparing the glycemic index of rice dosa (a type of pancake made from a fermented batter that is somewhat similar to a crepe) to millet dosas, has shown to have promising health benefits for diabetics when it comes to blood sugar levels.

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The research, published recently in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, is based on a survey undertaken on 105 patients who have type-2 diabetes, in order to “estimate the effect of a single change in the diet in one of their meals and check the rise in their sugar levels," said Dr Vijay Viswanathan, who was part of the study team.

The participants aged between thirty-five and fifty-five years old, were divided into two groups. One group was given rice dosa for breakfast on one day, while the others ate millet dosas. Two days later, the plates were swapped between the groups.

On both days, researchers measured fasting blood glucose levels and one and a half hours after breakfast, measured blood levels again. The glycemic index was 59.25 for those who had millet dosas, and was 77.96 for people who ate the rice dosas. "This shows millets don't just help manage diabetes but also cardiovascular diseases as postprandial hyperglycemia (high blood sugar following a meal) is a major risk factor," said Dr Viswanathan, who has done a similar study on millet-based burfi.

The paper attributes the low glycemic index of foxtail millet dosa to high levels of soluble dietary fiber in the millet. Because millet has high fiber it delays digestion and absorption in the digestive tract.

Millet Is The Magic Bullet When It Comes To Diabetic Health

Millet is an excellent addition to the http://www.emaxhealth.com/13638/lowering-fat-absolutely-way-out-diabetics low fat diet, plant-based diet type 2 diabetics should follow to reverse the disease. Millet is also a good grain for diabetics economically. That’s because millet right now, is incredibly inexpensive.

Highly nutritious, gluten free and a good source of fiber, millet can be cooked up with your favorite chopped vegetables and herbs, made into a salad and even mixed with beans to make a budget friendly meal that’s low on the glycemic index and easier on blood sugar levels than rice at a fraction of the cost. Millet can also be made into breads and is available as pasta.

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