In today’s modern, hectic and unhealthy lifestyle, people around us suffer from one health disorder or the other. We are well aware of the consequences of the lives that we are leading, but we are caught in a situation wherein we can do nothing to change it. With growing competition and race for wealth, money and career growth, we have put our health in jeopardy.
According to WHO data, prevalence of diabetes in India was 31,705,000 in 2000 and is estimated to hit 79,441,000 in 2030. It has also projected that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.
Diabetes is quite common these days. Even young people who are still in their 20’s have been diagnosed with diabetes. Although more people are being affected, the panic and fear factor is not high as it was before. For diabetes is not a killer disease. Proper diet, medication and regular exercise can help a diabetic lead a normal life just like the others.
Diabetes – The Deadly Demon
Diabetes is a condition in which the person has high blood glucose level (blood sugar), either because
· Insulin production is not enough,
· The body's cells do not respond properly to insulin,
· Or both.
Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (extremely thirsty) and polyphagia (extremely hungry)
It is a long term condition which requires proper monitoring and care.
Dealing with Diabetes the Ragi way
Diabetics often worry about not being able to munch on their favourite snacks, mouth watering sweets like before. They are always asking themselves this question, "What can I eat?" Good news is that it is time to stop worrying and thinking! If you have diabetes, it doesn't mean that you have to be deprived of your favorites. You just have to learn to balance your meals and make the healthy food choices.
Once you understand the benefits of eating a healthy diet, you can relax and eat a variety of delicious food items and snacks. Ragi is one such magical food item which can work wonders for people with diabetes as it helps in lowering of blood sugar levels.
It is commonly called as Finger Millet. It is cultivated in Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and a few others.
It is also recommended as food for infants of six months and above because of its high nutritional content, especially iron and calcium.
As a diabetic, one often worries about healthy snacking. You can easily have snacks made of ragi to keep sugar under control. Ragi has been found to reduce the risk of Diabetes because of its high content of dietary fibre. It has a higher amount of fibre compared to any other grain and that is why it slows down the process of digestion, lowering blood sugar levels.
Ragi has low fat content and contains mainly unsaturated fat.It is a very good source of natural iron. Ragi contains nearly 18 times fibre and nearly 7.5 times calcium than rice. It also has a low glycaemic index that makes it an ideal snack to prevent cravings and help to maintain blood sugar.
Other health benefits of Ragi
· Helps to lose weight
· Good source of proteins
· Reduces cholesterol
· Keeps acidity under control
- Good for bones
Ragi Snacks from Snackexperts
At Snackexperts, we strive to take care of your health and curb your snack cravings at the same time. We have some yummy ragi snacks that could help start your healthy snacking lifestyle. Here is our list of Ragi snacks
· Ragi twisters – Made of ragi flour, besan flour, rice flour, salt, curry leaves, pepper powder, sunflower oil, asafoetida . Provides 556 Kcal
· Ragi mixture – Made of besan flour, rice flour, ragi flour, salt, groundnuts, chilli powder, curry leaves, sunflower oil. Provides 536 Kcal
· Ragi Crunchies – Made of ragi flour, besan flour, rice flour, salt, curry leaves, pepper powder, sunflower oil, Asafoetida. Provides 580 Kcal
· Ragi crispies - Ragi flour, moong dhal, Rice flour ( Raw), urad dhal , sunflower oil roasted gram, butter, salt, asafoetida , sesame seeds, cumin seeds. Provides 359 Kcal
Now that you know how helpful this millet is, it is high time that you include this in your daily diet. Kickstart your healthy lifestyle now!
About the Author - Deepa Gandhi has a M.Sc Mphil in (Food and nutrition) and a Diploma in Food management from Milwaukee USA. She currently resides in Bangalore and reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She guest authored this blog post, about the need for including Ragi in our diet and how it is a must for diabetics..