Diabetes has been known to restrict your food preferences and render many edible items harmful for people with diabetes. What can you say about exotic meals when food as basic and essential as flour must be properly analyzed for its composition and a conscious choice is necessary for which flour to prefer if you are a diabetic?
With India declared as the diabetic capital of the world, the current buzzword is ‘low glycemic index food’. The glycemic index or GI is the measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Heavy intake of carbohydrates can simply put off all your efforts to control blood sugar levels. Diabetes products must be carefully chosen by reading the fine print on their packaging about their nutritional value and ensuring the final meal plan for the day is not only delicious but also safe to consume.
Let us give you an overview of some preferred variants of flour suitable for diabetics:
The most effective ingredient which can be generously consumed by diabetics is Ragi. Hence Ragi flour is the most suitable variant and a great alternative for the normal carbohydrate rich atta. Ragi flour also promotes better blood sugar control along with reduction in hyperglycemic and oxidative stress. Ragi has also been proven to improve wound healing in diabetics, which otherwise remains a serious concern for them.
Multigrain Atta for Diabetes
Consisting of a healthy combination of all essential grains, multigrain atta proves to be a great replacement for all-purpose flour. Pearl millets, finger millet, sorghum (Jowar), little millet, kodo millet are some commonly suggested grains contributing to the multi-grain composition.
Multi Grain Methi Dana Atta
Considered as the staple for diabetics since ages, methi Dana is by far the most commonly available ingredient known to control blood sugar levels naturally. Use methi Dana atta instead of regular atta, and you have just prepared a diabetic-friendly roti for yourself.
Another vegetable to be generously included in a diabetic diet is Palak (spinach) . One of the few food options for diabetes where the more the better rule applies, Palak is devoid of calories and carbohydrates. Now you can indulge in this green leafy vegetable and opt for healthier flour available in the form of Palak/spinach Atta.
Binge on Oats
Combining health with taste, oats are one of the most beneficial ingredient to be added in a diabetic diet. Cinnamon oats are a great variant with respect to adding a new taste and flavor to your regular meal. Enjoy it in your breakfast or make your evening snack more interesting, oats for diabetics can greatly help keep the glycemic index in check. What’s more, mix oats in flour and you have a completely safe roti ingredient ready for diabetics. You can also give a healthy start to your morning by indulging in high-fibre breakfast in the form of Masala Oats.
Nuts or nut flour
Nuts are great because they are seeds and fruits combined. Being among the most nutritious food on earth, nuts are literally full of life. Studies have proven that diabetics who regularly consume nuts have lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. Beneficial nuts for diabetics are almonds, walnuts and pistachios. You can use nut flour such as almond flour as a healthy alternative to white flour in baked goods.