Diabetes is a growing problem worldwide but more in India, with over 1/6th of the world's diagnosed diabetics in India. And the disease is growing rapidly.
While medication is a must, a healthy lifestyle with proper diet can do wonders for managing your diabetes and reducing your dependence on medication. for this choosing foods with high fiber content and lower Glycaemic load and Glcaemic index is very important.
This is where 1 of our 2 ancient grains - Barley (or Jau) comes in. With a Glcyaemic Index of 25 7 a Glycaemic load of only 9, Jau is a wonderfood for diabetics. Its rich in fiber, allowing us to remain sated for a longer time, and stabilizes absorption of carbohydrates and blood sugar levels
"A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that barley can rapidly improve people’s health by reducing blood sugar levels and the risk for diabetes. The secret lies in the special mixture of dietary fibres found in barley, which can also help reduce people’s appetite and risk for cardiovascular disease"
The best thing about Jau is its easy availability. It is grown through out north india with Punjab & Haryana being the major growing states. It can be bought easily online or from any decent sized store, and can be consumed as Flour. Porridge, Sattu, Poha, or in barley water (jau ka sharbat).
(Sadly beer, though also mde from barley, doesnt make the cut).
So what are you waiting for, start on barley today - mix the flour in your regular wheat atta, or add the barley Porridge to your breakfast, and feel the difference.
Also read- https://motherkart.in/blog/high-fiber-grains-to-maintain-blood-sugar
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.