Is Rava Good For Diabetes?? Safe Choice For Diabetics??

Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 21-Feb-2022Read Time : 3 minutes
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Rava is made of hard ground flour called Durum Wheat which is essentially a fiber-rich source and good for managing your diabetes as well as cholesterol. It also helps in losing weight. There is no way to escape the fact that this superfood - call it Rava, Suji, or Semolina - is a central component of our modern life, and we must examine it thoroughly to make sure it's worth all the praise! 

The Rava/Suji alternative is practically available for every recognized snack food, and dietitians don't get enough credit for gushing over it.

  • Rava: Nutritional Profile
  • Advantages of Rava for Diabetes
  • Ways to Consume Rava for Diabetes
  • Risks of Overconsumption of Rava for Diabetics
  • Other Health Benefits of Rava
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Rava: Nutritional Profile

Rava is made of durum wheat and is gritty and hard wheat in texture. In addition to being a fantastic source of several minerals and fiber - nutrients that may help improve blood sugar levels. Health facts of Durum Wheat- It is high in hifolate, an essential nutrient for helping prevent anemia and blood clots. 

Rava has a Glycemic index of 66, and the Glycemic load is 14.7. These numbers lie under moderate glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL). A mixture of vegetables in Rava appam or Rava dosa can serve as a great option. 

As the total amount of fiber in 30 grams of Rava is relatively low, this has no significant influence on your cholesterol levels. A fiber-rich diet helps to keep blood sugar under control after meals. People with diabetes can have reduced fasting blood sugar levels if they use Rava moderately in their diet.

Rava is a good source of iron, with a third cup (56 grams) of uncooked, enriched rava providing 13% of the recommended daily intake. Non-heme iron is abundant in rava. Iron is required to deliver oxygen, the prevention of anemia, and the maintenance of growth and development.

Advantages of Consuming Rava For Diabetes

  • Rava aids in good weight loss
  • Rava maintains blood sugar levels
  • Rava contains iron that boosts immunity and helps in overall healthy growth and development of the body.
  • Rava Improves oxygen in the blood
  • Improves digestion

Ways To Consume Rava for Diabetes

  • Masala Rava Idli: 

These puffy, unleavened rice cakes (except without rice) are an excellent way to start your day!.

  • Tasty Uttapam: 

It is crunchy, nutritious, and deliciously savory! In more ways than one, this Rava dosa with an onion-flavored filling is a standout.

  • Suji Dhokla:

It can serve as a good snack and is appealing in both taste and texture. It has fewer calories because it is steamed.

  • Suji Cheela: 

Savory Rava, besan, lentil, and vegetable pancakes are called Suji cheela. Cheela is an excellent method to get your day started because they are simple to prepare and consume.

When it comes to this versatile food grain, you must be aware of the items you're combining. Those trying to lose weight should eat high-protein, fiber rich foods such as legumes, while people with an elevated blood glucose level should avoid Suji due to its high sugar and milk content.

Rava : Overconsumption Risks For Diabetes

If someone is allergic to gluten, it is advised to completely ban the intake of rava since this could result in health problems like:

  • Constipation
  • Stomach ache, and 
  • Bloating. 

Also, If you have celiac disease, you should avoid Rava. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity affects about 0.5-13% of the population (NCGS). Celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity patients should avoid gluten-containing foods like rava. Hence, rava is good for diabetics.

Other Health Benefits of Rava for Diabetes

  • Rava's high fiber content aids in good digestion by supporting regular bowel motions and stimulating healthy gut bacteria. Gut bacteria are essential for digestion, immunological function, and metabolism. The high fiber amount encourages regular bowel movements and prevents constipation. 
  • Adding rava to your everyday diabetes diet can reduce your risks of heart diseases. It reduces bad cholesterol and contains magnesium that reduces risks of heart failure. 
  • Rava contains vitamin B that speeds up the process of converting food into energy. 
  • Rava is rich in protein that helps curb your appetite and reduces feelings of hunger.

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Rava is fiber-rich and high in gluten. Therefore, it should be added to the diet of diabetics in moderation. However, it must be avoided if you have celiac disease or gluten allergy. 
  • Rava can be consumed a few times in a week, in combination with colorful veggies to maintain blood sugar levels and obtain maximum benefits.
  • 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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