India is the diabetic capital of the world. Though it isn’t something to be proud of, this is an alarming signal that we need to change our westernized lifestyle and lead a healthy lifestyle. Indian cooking includes a lot of fat in form of ghee and vegetable oil and sugars and cereals in form of sweet. Factors such as low milk, fruit and vegetable consumption, and increase in junk food consumption have led to the sad state.
Here are a few foods which are scientifically proven to have blood sugar lowering properties provided you promise yourself to lead a healthy lifestyle –
#1 Spices and Condiments
Most of the daily spices and condiments used in Indian cooking has hypoglycemic effect i.e., blood sugar lowering effect. Some of them are cinnamon, garlic, methi seeds, ginger, and hing. Soak methi seeds overnight and drink the water along with the seeds. Mix one tsp of honey and half teaspoon of cinnamon to prevent high blood sugar.
#2 Green Leafy Vegetables
Many of us don’t like eating green leafy vegetables but not only do they have a hypoglycaemic effect but also has a plethora of vitamins and minerals. The fiber present in these vegetables doesn’t let the release of glucose in the blood immediately, maintaining the sugar levels.
#3 Green Tea
For us, green tea is equal to a weight loss drink but it also helps in reducing blood glucose. The flavonoids present are effective in reducing weight; blood sugar levels as well as leaves you with a glowing face and high energy levels.
#4 Fruits like Apple, Pear, Orange, Watermelon
In India, we have a large variety of fruits available but if you want to control your blood sugar levels, go for high water fruits such as citrus fruits, watermelon, pear, and apple. So the next time you feel hungry, grab an apple instead of some chips packet.
Just by switching your cereals around, you’ll find a huge difference in your blood sugar levels because we Indians consume cereals the most. There are other related health benefits of choosing millets and brown rice such as high vitamins and minerals.
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