Nutrition 1 MIN READ

Steamed Goodness? How Rava Idlis Affect Blood Sugar

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Nov 01, 2022

Ragi, or finger millet, is a nutrient-dense grain that has been used in Indian cuisine for centuries. It is known for its high protein and fibre content but has a high glycemic index. This means that foods made from ragi flour, such as ragi rava idli, cause a sudden spike in blood sugar levels.

Making the Idli a Whole Lot Better
• Try to opt for healthier sides like sambar, tomato chutney, or vegetable stew.
• Consider alternative flours such as low-carb keto mixes. They have a lower GI and are less likely to cause blood sugar spikes.
• Try pairing it with protein-rich curries can help slow down the absorption of carbohydrates.
• Consider adding ingredients like chia seeds, psyllium husk, or flaxseed meal to the batter to increase the fibre content.

According to research, ragi may have the potential to prevent and treat diabetes and its complications due to its polyphenol content. Polyphenols are micronutrients that are present in plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, and grains. Due to their high antioxidant concentration, they are believed to offer several health benefits, including aiding in the treatment of diabetes. However, due to its high GI, it is better to enjoy ragi rava idli in moderation.

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