We all are aware that diabetes is a non-curable disease. So a diabetic person should follow a strict diet in order to control his sugar levels. Regular exercise, proper balanced diet and medication (if required) is the only way to control blood sugar levels.
It is said that eating a lot of carbohydrates makes you prone to diabetes. So one must avoid all food items which are rich in carbohydrates. Many people completely avoid rice in order to stay away from diabetes or control it.
Is eating rice really that bad for diabetes? Should a person having diabetes completely stop eating it even if he likes it? Such questions are answered by our experts on daily basis.
The answer is- it is just a half truth!
There are two types of rice – white and brown. White rice is the polished one and because of this polishing it has less fibers. It has a high glycemic index which means it increases blood sugar levels very rapidly.
Whereas brown rice is the unpolished rice and is naturally a fiber rich food. Fibers are needed to control one’s sugar level in order to control diabetes.
Moreover the quantity of rice also matters! Eating a lot of brown rice in your diet can also be harmful as it can eventually increase your blood sugar levels.
Here are some tips for a diabetic person who is willing to eat rice:
- It is advised you choose brown rice over white/ polished one.
- Make sure you eat small quantity at a time.
- If you are too fond of eating rice, then replace other carbohydrate rich food like chapatis, sweets from your meals .
- Eat more of salad and vegetables with rice to make the meal rich in fibers.
- Eating rice with protein rich foods like curd, dal is very good for health and also keeps your blood sugar in check.
In summary, rice can be taken by a person having diabetes BUT with above guidelines in mind!
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