Fuel Your Health Not Blood Sugar: Diabetes-Friendly Food League

Infographic of Diabetes - Friendly Food League

A healthy diet is essential in managing diabetes or pre-diabetes. However, having diabetes does not mean we've to give up on enjoying delicious meals. We believe it's our responsibility to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy diet for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. There are a lot of great diabetic-friendly foods out there that are beneficial for overall health. By incorporating low-GI and sugar-free foods into your daily meals, we can reduce the risk of complications and improve the quality of life for people with diabetes.

But with the variety of superfoods available with unique nutritional values and benefits for diabetics, deciding which one is best for us can get confusing. So to make it simple for all of us, we've decided to do an IPL-like tournament where 8 superfoods compete against each other. So ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this league, we have eight superfoods battling it out in a tournament-style competition to be crowned champion.

Rotimatic Presents DFL: Diabetes-friendly Food League

The foods will be divided into two groups, A and B, each containing four foods. In group A, we had quinoa, sweet potato, brown rice, and chickpeas, while in group B, we had millet roti, oats, lentils, and millet bread. Each food had a unique set of nutritional values that could help diabetics manage their blood sugar levels. The foods will be judged based on their nutritional values, benefits, and how good they are for diabetics. So now that we've set the stage for the biggest tournament in Rotimatic history, let the game begin.

Round 1: Group A Matches

a bowl with quinoa vs a bowl with sweet potato

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Quinoa vs Sweet Potato: Quinoa and sweet potatoes have gained popularity recently due to their nutritional value and health benefits. Quinoa is a gluten-free, protein-rich grain that is also a low glycemic index (GI) food, which means it’s one of the sugar-free foods that prevent insulin spikes. On the other hand, sweet potatoes are root vegetables high in complex carbohydrates, fibre, and vitamins A and C. They are also a low GI food, which releases sugar into the bloodstream slowly and gradually, providing a sustained energy source and preventing sudden spikes in blood sugar levels.

Winner: Quinoa

Both Quinoa and sweet potatoes are low-GI foods, but Quinoa has a lower GI value and is a complete protein source, making it a better choice for diabetics.

brown rice vs chickpeas in a bowl

Brown Rice vs Chickpeas: Brown rice is a whole grain high in dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It is also a low-GI food, which can help regulate blood sugar levels. On the other hand, Chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein, fibre, and various micronutrients like folate and iron. Ultimately, incorporating brown rice and chickpeas into a balanced diet can provide various health benefits and promote overall wellness. Brown rice can be a good option for those looking to increase their fibre and whole grain intake, while chickpeas can be a great choice for vegetarians and vegans who need to increase their protein intake.

Winner: Brown Rice

Chickpeas contain high fibre and protein but may have a slightly higher GI value than brown rice, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.

 

Round 1: Group B Matches

a plate with millet bread vs millet roti

Millet bread vs millet roti: Both millet bread and roti are good choices for diabetics since they’ve a same ingredient. Millets like Bajra or pearl millet is rich in fibre, protein, and minerals like iron and magnesium. It’s a low to moderate-GI food that can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, making them a great choice for managing diabetes.

While both are better for health, bread is processed food in which more ingredients like oil, sugar and salt are added. Rotis on the other hand, are cooked without too many additives so their nutritional values remain intact. That’s why millet rotis are generally considered the better option for diabetics due to their high nutritional values.

Winner: Millet Rotis

Overall, both items can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet for diabetics, but millet rotis outperform millet bread in managing blood sugar levels.

oats vs lentils

 

Oats vs Lentils: Oats are whole grain food with dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. Lentils are a legume high in plant-based protein, dietary fibre, and micronutrients like iron and folate. Both foods have a low GI value and can help regulate blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. However, oats are generally considered the better option due to their high fibre content and ability to improve insulin sensitivity. Oats contain a specific type of fibre called beta-glucan, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve cholesterol levels.

Winner: Oats

While lentils are also a great food for diabetics, oats may offer more targeted benefits for managing diabetes.

Round 2: The Semifinals

In the semifinals of the Diabetes-Friendly Food League, winners from group A will face winners from group B. Quinoa went up against oats, while Millet Roti faced off against brown rice. All 4 of these foods are low GI foods packed with fibre, complex carbohydrates, and micronutrients that can help regulate blood sugar levels and provide sustained energy.

However, in the end, Millet Roti won against brown rice and Quinoa emerged as the winner in its match against oats. The high fibre and low GI value of Millet or bajra with Roti’s traditional significance and versatility made it everyone's favourite. At the same time, Quinoa's protein content and versatility in cooking also made it a worthy finalist.

Winner: Millet Roti & Quinoa

Round 3: The final

millet roti vs quinoa

In the Diabetes-Friendly Food League finals, it’s millet roti versus Quinoa. Both foods offer unique nutritional benefits and are popular staples in many cultures. Millet Roti's high fibre content, low GI value, and versatility make it a great choice for managing blood sugar levels. On the other hand, Quinoa is a protein high in vitamins and minerals, making it an excellent choice for those looking to boost their overall health and well-being.

After a close battle, the winner of the Diabetes-Friendly Food League was crowned, and it was Millet Roti that emerged as the ultimate champion. With its rich cultural significance and impressive nutritional profile, Millet roti like the most popular Bajra Roti is a clear winner and a must-try for anyone looking to improve their health and wellness.

Winner: Millet Roti

The Perfect Roti Roll: From Start to Winner

So, why did millet roti win the contest? They’re full of fibre content, which can help regulate digestion and cholesterol levels. Another key benefit of Millet Roti for diabetics is the GI index, bajra roti for instance has GI value of 53 which is considered low compared to other bread and grain-based foods.

Foods with a low GI value release glucose slowly into the bloodstream, which can help regulate blood sugar levels. So, we get 3 grams of fibre per serving and slow glucose absorption into the bloodstream, benefits no other food can’t match.

Rotis Revolutionised with Rotimatic

While Millet Rotis are the healthiest food for diabetics, cooking them from scratch is not an easy task.

So, if you're worried about the hassle of kneading, rolling, and cooking the dough to make the perfect healthy rotis, we’ve you covered. With our revolutionary appliance Rotimatic, cooking Rotis is as easy as pressing a button. You only have to add basic ingredients and select the options to enjoy unlimited perfect round rotis every 90 seconds. You can enjoy whole wheat, bajra, joward rotis without any hassle as it'll automatically combine flour, water, and oil, then knead and flatten the dough to make evenly-cooked, soft rotis.

It's both time-saving and a game-changer for anyone looking to incorporate healthy roti into their diet. Plus, with its ability to make hundreds of innovative recipes, Rotimatic is the perfect addition to any kitchen.