Ragi is beneficial from a health point of view. It contains protein, vitamins and minerals in abundance, which help in fighting diseases. Doctors also recommend eating ragi, but diabetes patients are in doubt whether they should eat ragi or not. This doubt is because a diabetic patient should pay special attention to his diet. Eating anything wrong can worsen the condition of diabetes. In this article you will understand in detail whether diabetes patients can eat ragi or not and what nutrients are found in ragi -

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  1. What Is Ragi?
  2. Can Ragi Be Eaten By Diabetics?
  3. How Ragi Is Good For Diabetes?
  4. Nutrients Present In Ragi
  5. Can Diabetic Patients Eat Ragi?
  6. Summary
Doctors for Ragi in Diabetes: Preventing Spikes in Blood Glucose Levels Naturally

Ragi is basically a coarse grain, which is cultivated in hilly areas. Apart from India, ragi is grown in all the countries of Africa and Asia. It is grown in abundance in India, especially in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Maharashtra. Ragi contains special types of nutrients, which are different from other coarse grains. Ragi contains more calcium and potassium than other grains.

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When the blood sugar level in the body exceeds the balanced amount, it causes diabetes. This happens due to lack of insulin production in the body or due to not using insulin properly. Actually insulin is a hormone, which works to deliver the sugar present in the blood to the cells to give energy to the body. At the same time, statistics show that about 42 crore people are affected by diabetes worldwide. Due to diabetes, there is a possibility of problems like heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and stroke.

While on one hand carbohydrate-rich foods affect blood sugar, coarse grains like ragi have a positive effect on diabetes.

Some medical research also confirms this. According to this research, coarse grains like ragi can prove to be a better option for diabetes patients. It contains fiber, minerals and amino acids in sufficient quantities. In this regard, ragi can improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

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Let us now know how ragi can prove to be a boon for diabetes patients -

Benefits Of Ragi For Swelling

Some medical research suggests that the nutrients present in ragi can work to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Inflammation increases the risk of infection in the body, while oxidative stress causes the antioxidant level to become unbalanced. Due to this, there is a risk of diabetes. Research conducted on a rat suffering from diabetes for 4 weeks revealed many shocking figures. During this time, the rat was given ragi to eat and it was found that the blood glucose level of the rat was controlled. At present, no research has been done on humans in this regard.

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Benefits Of Ragi For Blood Sugar

Some researchers did research on Ragi and found that this type of coarse grain contains a compound called polyphenols, which can not only prevent diabetes but can also control diabetes.

Polyphenols are a type of micronutrients, which are found in fruits, vegetables and grains etc. It has a major antioxidant effect, due to which its consumption can have many health benefits.

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Ragi contains abundant amounts of iron, fiber, calcium and other minerals. Let us know in detail about the amount of nutrients present in 100 grams of ragi -

  • Energy - 336 kilo calories
  • Protein - 7.7 grams
  • Fat - 1.5 grams
  • Fiber - 11.5 grams
  • Carbohydrate - 72.6 grams
  • Calcium - 350 mg
  • Iron - 3.9 mg
  • Magnesium - 137 mg
  • Phosphorus - 283 mg
  • Manganese - 5.94 mg
  • Potassium - 408 mg

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Although ragi can be eaten in various forms, it is mostly used in making roti. You can make Italy, Dosa, Daliya, Soup, Kanji and Upma etc. from ragi and eat it.

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Ragi is considered a good source of energy. Also, it contains abundant amounts of protein and other minerals. Various medical research has also found that diabetes patients can eat ragi. Of course, there is medical evidence in this regard, but the health of each person is different. Therefore, diabetes patients must consult their dietician before eating ragi. If still eating ragi causes any health problem, then stop consuming it immediately. 

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