Is Ragi is Good for Diabetes? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Ragi is good for diabetes because it contains fiber, which can help lower blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion and absorption of glucose.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body uses sugar (glucose) for energy.

In diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it makes.

Insulin is a hormone that moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy.

If this malfunctions, you may have diabetes.

Untreated high blood sugar from diabetes can damage your nerves, eyes, kidneys, and other organs.

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 nutrients rich foods like ragi and avoid nutrients rich foods like refined carbohydrates and added sugars.

Ragi, scientifically known as Eleusine coracana, is a nutrient-rich cereal grain cultivated for thousands of years, primarily in Africa and Asia.

Being a very adaptable crop, Ragi is well-suited to the Indian climate.

Ragi displays a rather impressive nutritional profile, encompassing all the essential macronutrients – carbohydrates, fibers, fats and proteins, along with noteworthy levels of key micronutrients – vitamins and minerals.

Ragi can positively affect diabetes because it contains fiber, which can help lower blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion and absorption of glucose.

Fiber can also help you feel fuller longer and reduce your appetite.

Furthermore, Ragi is a whole grain and whole grains are good for diabetes because they contain more fiber and nutrients than refined grains.

Because fiber and nutrients can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent complications of diabetes.

You can eat about 1/4 cup of cooked ragi per day safely.

More than that can cause digestive discomfort due to its high fiber content.

That’s why I suggest you limit your ragi intake to about 1/4 cup of cooked ragi per day to minimize digestive discomfort.

Stick to no more than 3 servings of whole grains in a day to provide adequate fiber and nutrients for diabetes management.

Also, you shouldn’t avoid ragi if you have diabetes to prevent complications.

Because ragi is a nutritious food that can help lower blood sugar levels and improve your overall well-being.

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.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

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

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