If we were to count the most common health conditions of the millennium, diabetes would perhaps be somewhere on the top of the charts. Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease that is characterised by blood sugar fluctuations. Afflicting over millions of people across the world, diabetes stands as one of the biggest threats for people both young and old as it has no known cure. It is believed that the condition cannot be reversed, but there are plenty of measures you can take to manage the condition and its symptoms. Taking care of your diet and lifestyle could go a long way in healthy diabetes management.
Many nutritionists vouch for including seasonal fruits and vegetables to one’s diet. Guava is one of our most favourite winter fruits that we can have in any form and anytime of the day, and guess no one is complaining because it is so healthy too. Guava is a treasure trove of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Moreover, it is a very good addition to a diabetes diet too. It is replete with good quality fibres and also has a very low Glycaemic Index of 15. In other words, eating guavas may not have a detrimental effect on your blood sugar levels, as they do not get digested too soon and enable gradual release of sugar into the bloodstream.
Including chunks of crunchy guava in your salad could not only enhance the flavour and texture of your salad but also make it a very healthy meal option, if you happen to be a diabetic. And why just stick to guava, there are plenty of diabetic-friendly foods around you that could do the trick.
This salad by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna comes with the goodness of guavas, paneer, moong dal sprouts, apples, tamarind pulp and black salt. There, we saw you slurping!
Almost all of these ingredients are high in fibre and in protein, both of which are crucial for diabetes management. The recipe also uses jaggery, which is said to be a healthy alternative of sugar. But if you are wary of using jaggery, you may as well skip it. In fact, if you happen to mix and match things, rule out some ingredients, add some of your own you can do so- it is your salad after all!
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Try it at home and let us know how you liked it.
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