Nutrition 1 MIN READ

Idli: Better Batter For Glucose Control

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Nov 01, 2022

The humble idli is a popular dish made from a batter of fermented rice and lentils. Idlis are low-calorie and highly nutritious, making them an ideal snack for weight watchers. But idlis made of rice have a high GI (Glycemic Index) and may give you a glucose spike. The rice has to be paired with other macros to improve its GI.

Enjoy Idli The Blood Sugar Healthy Way
• You could add complex carbs to the batter. Ragi and finger millets are good fiber-rich additions to idli batter.
• You could also add peas, carrots, or broccoli to slow down the release of glucose and improve the insulin response.
• You could make a paste of almonds and cashews and mix it with the batter for good fats.
• Paneer is a good option for protein. You could try a combination of paneer burji with idli and coconut chutney.
• For protein, you could also try moong dal idli with tomato chutney.

Although fermented foods like idli are very nutritious, the high GI causes glucose spikes. This can be reduced by modifying the batter to slow down glucose release. The single great feature of idli is its ease of digestion.

The high GI has made health-conscious people wary of this simple snack. Adding fiber, proteins, and good fats to the idli makes it much more healthy.

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