Diabetes Diet and Benefits of Millet

Dr. Sanjay Kalra (V.P., South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies, and Proprietor, Bharati Research Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Karnal) advises us on a a good diabetes diet and benefits of millet.

Those with diabetes and high blood sugar levels should include millets in their diet. He recommends that we substitute other forms of grains with millets such as jowar (sorghum), bajra (pearl millet), and corn because they are relatively larger in size, leading to a more controlled release of sugar during the digestion process. Whereas, consumption of polished rice, semolina or maida (all-purpose flour), results in an immediate (or instant ) rise in blood sugar.

He reminds us that there is no single grain that can provide the body with all the nutrients, amino acids, or proteins, hence it is important we enjoy a balanced diet every day. In addition to including carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in every meal, we must also include different kinds of grains and millets instead of sticking to just one. For example, if one consumes rice for three days and wheat for two, then the remaining two days of the week must be allotted for millets, corn, or bajra. A meal that lacks this diversity or includes regular consumption of only rice or wheat can be harmful for health.

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