Can Diabetics Eat Brinjal? Is Brinjal Good for Diabetes?

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Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 22-Dec-2021Read Time : 3 minutes
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Brinjal (Eggplant) is low in calories and carbohydrates that makes it a great food to add under your diabetic diet. Brinjal has a low glycemic index of 1 that does not increase your glucose levels. This makes it an apt diabetic food. However, questions like how much brinjal can diabetics eat daily and how is Brinjal good for diabetics are some questions this article will answer in detail.

Contents:
  • Brinjal: Nutritional Profile
  • Advantages of Brinjal for Diabetes
  • Ways to Consume Brinjal for Diabetes
  • Best Time To Consume Brinjal
  • Risks of Over Consumption of Brinjal for Diabetics
  • Other Health Benefits of Brinjal
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Brinjal: Nutritional Profile

Eggplant or Brinjal is a very nutritious vegetable that has low-calories, low-carbohydrates, and is a non starchy food. It has a low glycemic index (GI) of about 15 that works wonders for diabetics. Foods with low glycemic index do not increase glucose levels and are slowly absorbed. 

100 grams of brinjal contains the following nutrition: 

Calories: 25

Protein: 1 gram

Fat: 0.2 grams

Carbohydrates: 6 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Calcium: 9 mg

Iron: 0.23 mg

Magnesium: 14 mg

Phosphorus: 24 mg

Potassium: 229 mg

Folate: 22 mg

Vitamin A: 23 IUs

Vitamin C: 2.2 mg

Vitamin K: 3.5 mg

Brinjals are packed with nutrients, contain a large number of vitamins, minerals, are rich in soluble fibers, and have low calories and fats. It also has a small number of other nutrients such as niacin, manganese, and copper.

Advantages of Brinjal for Diabetes

  • Good for digestion
  • Rich in fiber
  • Increases insulin
  • Maintains blood sugar
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Rich in antioxidants

Ways to Consume Brinjal for Diabetes

  • Brush rice bran over brinjal slices and fry
  • Coconut brinjal curry
  • Toast whole grain bread with sliced brinjal toppings and then bake
  • Stuff paneer with brinjal and bake (Brinjal Kebab)
  • Baked Brinjal (Make holes over it to allow steam to escape)
  • Grilled Brinjal (Slice brinjal into round pieces, add a few drops of olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and some garlic. Place them into a griller on medium-high heat for 5 minutes on both sides)
  • Roasted Brinjal Soup

Best Time to Consume Brinjal

Brinjal is rich in fiber and low in carbohydrates. So, it can easily digest and be absorbed by the stomach. You can eat brinjal bacon for breakfast, brinjal curry for lunch, you can also have grilled brinjal as a snack, and roasted or grilled brinjal soup for dinner. You can eat anytime; it all depends on your choice. Diabetics can have 100 grams (1 cup) of brinjal everyday. 

Risks of Over Consumption of Brinjal for Diabetics

  • For diabetic women menstruation gets stimulated
  • Causes acidic problem
  • Can develop allergies 
  • Formation of kidney stones
  • If you are taking any antidepressant drug, avoid eating excess brinjal as it could prevent the functioning efficiency of antidepressants drugs.

Other Health Benefits of Brinjal

  • Brinjal has high antioxidants like vitamin A and C helps against cell damage.
  • Great for loss in weight
  • Rich in fiber act as a laxative and also helps to treat constipation
  • Brinjals are rich in folate that is necessary for the formation of RBC that helps prevent anemia.
  • Reduces the risk of heart diseases
  • Glycoalkaloids produced by brinjals helps in the inhibition of skin cancer.

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Brinjals are rich in fiber, low soluble carbohydrates, low calorie, and non starchy vegetables. They also contain other essential nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  • If you are a diabetic patient, add brinjal to your diet twice a week
  • With the Phable Care app, you can consult a specialist physician to get your queries solved and manage your blood glucose level. 
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India's leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let's treat diabetes together.

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