Indian festivals reflect our rich heritage and tradition that has been carried forward for years. Every state in India is known to celebrate different festivals that symbolize its culture. And with these diverse festivals comes a variety of irresistible sweets and delicious mithai. It is unrealistic to celebrate Indian festivals without satisfying your sweet tooth to the fullest.
But do you know that all these mithais root to an increased blood sugar level leading to uncontrolled diabetes? India is the second-largest country with people suffering from high blood sugar levels and home to over 65 million people having diabetes. This figure means that over 62% of the Indian population is either obese or has uncontrolled sugar.
No doubt, you cannot take away sweets and mithais from a festival, but you can definitely maintain your sugar level and take care of your diabetes. And to do so, you need to follow certain eating habits and tips to keep your blood glucose level under control. This article will help you understand how to achieve the same.
We all fear sugar and oily foods, but what is a festival without these mouth-watering delicacies? No matter how much you resist having them, you finally end up consuming these sugary treats.
Although it is said that the most common cause of diabetes is these sugars and sweets, it does not always stand true. Several other food items eaten in excess and other unhealthy habits can lead to the same.
And during Indian festivals, we fail to track the amount of unhealthy food consumed, leading to severe health conditions. Although you cannot avoid these sugars and oily foods, here are some tips to eat healthy during the festive season:
Eat foods that cool down your body, such as fruits, and vegetables like cucumber. Consuming a lot of meat and oily foods can produce a lot of excess heat in your body that can be balanced by consuming these foods.
Sugary treats come with calories and bad sugar that can harm your health. As mentioned earlier, any special occasion in India is incomplete without sweets and savory. So what can you do during this time to ensure that your blood glucose levels are under control?
Here are some tips to keep blood glucose under control to prevent adverse effects and severe health conditions during a festival:
Nobody can resist a delicious and juicy gulab jamun just because they have diabetes or high blood glucose levels. It is human tendency to satisfy these irresistible cravings despite such severe situations.
And Indian festivals have always resulted in a rise in your blood glucose level due to this temptation. Such situations result in the use of artificial sweeteners to satisfy the sugar cravings of people.
Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes do not add to your calorie intake, and only a fraction can add enough sweetness to your food. Many diabetic patients consume artificial sugars to enjoy all the sweet delicacies without worrying about their blood glucose levels, and it is considered safe.
However, anything in excess can harm your body. Due to this, moderation in the use of artificial sweeteners is necessary as excess intake can lead to weight gain, tumors, and other health hazards. The FDA has a fixed limit for the daily intake of these artificial sugars, of which, a few common ones a listed below:
Indian festivals are the most enjoyable and happiest part of the year as it allows families to gather with unity and joy. But if you were having a hard time during festivals by worrying about your blood glucose level, then you’re all sorted now.
Follow these tips to eat healthy food and the tips to keep blood glucose levels in control listed above. Ensure to read all of them properly to have a joyous and stress-free festive time with your loved ones. Also, exercise daily as it helps to improve the metabolism of your body and improve digestion. And lastly, don’t forget to count your carbs while you enjoy!
Mrs.Sripriya Ravi, M.Sc, Senior Dietitian
Mrs.Vinodhini Gopi, M.Sc, Diabetes Educator