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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


Why Karelas are Beneficial for Diabetics

Commonly known as bitter gourd, karela has been a staple in Indian households for years now. While they are often detested due to their bitterness, they have amazing advantages to offer for diabetics. These green vegetables are a power-packed combo of essential nutrients and compounds that can help manage blood sugar levels and improve overall health.  


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Karelas boast a low glycemic index, ensuring that they have a minimal impact on blood sugar levels, a crucial factor for diabetics. 

1.  Low Glycemic Index  

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Active compounds like charantin and polypeptide-p in Karelas aid in regulating blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity. 

2.  Blood Sugar Regulation  

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With high dietary fibre content, Karelas promote steady blood sugar levels and contribute to a sense of fullness, assisting in weight management. 

3. Abundant in Fibre  

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Packed with antioxidants, such as vitamins C and A, Karelas protect cells from oxidative damage, enhancing overall health. 

4. Antioxidant-Rich 

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Karelas possess anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate inflammation often associated with diabetes. 

5. Anti-Inflammatory Qualities 

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Some studies suggest Karelas may mimic insulin's actions, assisting in effective blood sugar reduction. 

6. Insulin-Mimicking Potential 

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Regular Karela consumption can lead to a healthier lipid profile, lowering bad cholesterol levels and diminishing heart disease risk in diabetics. 

7. Improved Lipid Profile  

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Karelas offers a wealth of essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and folate, essential for overall health and diabetes management. 

8. Nutrient-Packed 

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Karelas can be incorporated into various dishes, such as stir-fries, soups, and salads, making it easy for diabetics to enjoy their benefits as part of a balanced diet. 

9. Versatile Culinary Uses 

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Low in calories and appetite-suppressing, Karelas are a valuable addition to a diabetic's diet for weight management. 

10. Weight Control 

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By incorporating Karelas into your meals alongside a comprehensive approach to diabetes care, you can take significant steps towards enhancing your well-being.  


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