Is Sabudana Good for Diabetes? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Sabudana is bad for diabetes. Because it has a lot of carbohydrates and a high glycemic index and they can raise your blood sugar levels quickly and cause health problems.

Diabetes is a condition that affects your blood sugar levels and how your body uses insulin.

In diabetes, your body either does not produce enough insulin or cannot use it properly.

Insulin is a hormone that helps your cells absorb glucose from the blood.

Glucose is a type of sugar that provides energy for your body.

This can lead to various health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, eye problems, and foot ulcers.

One of the key factors in managing diabetes is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood sugar levels, which can impact your diabetes symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage diabetes, you should consume fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and avoid refined carbohydrates like white bread, white rice, and sweets.

Now, sabudana is a starch extracted from the roots of tapioca, a tropical plant.

People usually cook sabudana by boiling, roasting, or fermenting it.

It is often used to make dishes like khichdi, vada, kheer, or pudding.

Sabudana is bad for diabetes because it contains a lot of carbohydrates and has a high glycemic index.

The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a food raises your blood sugar levels after eating it.

Foods with a high glycemic index can cause sudden spikes and drops in your blood sugar levels, which can be harmful for people with diabetes.

Sabudana has a glycemic index of 67, which is considered high.

Carbohydrates can increase your blood sugar levels, especially if they are simple or refined.

Sabudana is mostly made of starch, which is a complex carbohydrate that breaks down into glucose in your body.

However, sabudana has very little fiber, which can slow down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and prevent blood sugar spikes.

Sabudana also has very little protein, which can help balance your blood sugar levels and keep you full for longer.

Furthermore, sabudana is a processed food and processed foods are bad for diabetes.

Because, they often contain added sugars, salt, fat, and preservatives that can worsen your diabetes symptoms and increase your risk of complications.

That’s why I suggest you limit your sabudana intake to avoid high blood sugar levels and other health problems.

Stick to one small serving of sabudana (about half a cup) once in a while and pair it with some fiber-rich vegetables or protein-rich foods to balance your meal.

More than that can cause weight gain, inflammation, and insulin resistance.

Also, you shouldn’t eat sabudana if you have gestational diabetes to prevent high blood sugar levels in you and your baby.

Because, gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and can affect the health of both the mother and the child.

You can buy sabudana in your local grocery store or online.

Always choose organic and unflavored sabudana to avoid any artificial additives.

Because, they can have negative effects on your health and blood sugar levels.

You can store sabudana in an airtight container in a cool and dry place for up to a year.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing diabetes effectively.

I always recommend my diabetes patients to follow a diabetes-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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