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Munch on these 3 foods to regulate blood sugar levels during Navratri vrat

Published on:12 October 2021, 10:39am IST
Blood sugar levels are prone to fluctuation during Navratri. So, eating nutritious foods can help you manage blood sugar levels and improve overall health.
Grace Bains
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We are in the middle of Navratri celebrations, and many of you must be observing a fast during this auspicious time. Due to the dietary restrictions and altered food patterns, it is possible that blood sugar levels could fluctuate. Therefore, it is important to incorporate certain foods in your diet, that will help regulate these fluctuations, and boost overall health and wellbeing.

While fasting allows the digestive system to recuperate and detoxify, it could also adversely impact one’s health, especially if the person is diabetic. The insulin levels in the body could take a hit due to not eating properly, and this is where foods rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, protein, and fiber, could facilitate in controlling the blood sugar levels.

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You need to be careful about your blood sugar levels if you wish to fast this Navratri. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Foods to stabilise blood sugar levels during Navratri fast

Here are three foods to help you regulate blood sugar levels during Navratri:

1. Legumes

Legumes such as beans, lentils, chickpeas and soybeans, are a good source of protein, folate, magnesium, and potassium. These properties promote overall heart health, regulate blood sugar levels, and increase energy levels.

Legumes also contain antioxidants, which will reduce inflammation, and manage insulin levels. You can make paratha using rajgira flour and moong dal, or make lentil soup.

2. Green vegetables

Green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach are packed with nutrients, and contain iron, vitamin C, fibre, protein, calcium, selenium, and magnesium. It can help prevent damage caused by the blood vessels in diabetic patients, due to the presence of the compound called ‘sulforaphane’ in green vegetables, especially broccoli.

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Adding healthy green food to your Navratri diet will help regulate blood sugar levels. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

As per research published by the journal Science Translational Medicine, sulforaphane produces enzymes which protect blood vessels and reduce the number of molecules that can damage cells. These vegetables can be eaten in roasted form, included in savoury dishes, and used to make soup.

3. Fruits

Vitamin C and fiber rich fruits such as strawberry, orange, kiwi, cherries, and jamun, provide a host of health benefits to the body. These fruits fall low on the GI index, and are loaded with fibre, potassium, vitamin C, polyphenols, and serotonin.

This nutritional profile is beneficial for regulating blood sugar levels, as the antioxidant properties of these fruits can help manage the insulin fluctuations in the body.

So, ladies, regulate your blood sugar levels this Navratri, by adding these foods to your diet.

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