Poha comes from Rice so is it recommended for Diabetics??

Poha or Flattened Rice is less processed than white rice and has more nutrients like iron, carbs, and proteins. It is light on your stomach and does not spike your blood sugar levels so can be safely consumed by Diabetes patients. Is it Healthier than White Rice ? Poha is nothing but rice that has been parboiled, rolled, flattened and then dried to produce flakes. BUT White Rice is highly processed while poha is slightly processed. White rice contains fewer fibres than poha. Poha is weight-loss friendly but white rice is not. White rice is not as light as poha in terms of digestion. Poha is gluten-free, unlike white rice. Poha ranks low on the glycemic index hence giving fewer spikes in blood sugars while white rice ranks high on the same. Poha is an excellent source of probiotics to maintain your stomach health. However, as Diabetologists we observe eating Poha in large portions may boost your sugars so portion control is key. So what’s the best way to eat Poha? Poha can be consumed in any meal but if you club it with any good protein it becomes all the more nutritious. An example is….”Tarri Poha” it’s a Dish from Nagpur it tastes great and is my personal recommendation. It’s a Kala chana or black chickpea curry mixed with poha. One serving of black chickpea contains 13 grams of dietary fibre, both soluble and insoluble fibre. The high fibre, protein and low GI index contributes to better blood sugar level. Chickpeas will also manage your cholesterol levels. If you are a weight watcher then it is an ideal food for you as well. Other health benefits include: promoting hair growth, preventing greying of hair, cardiovascular benefits and preventing cancer among others. So enjoy your Poha right way without worrying about spiking sugars.

Dr Shubhashree Patil.