Beat diabetes with a wheat and rice free diet

Forget the much advertised cornflake or the humble roti and rice — they can kill. Workday menus of Indians living in big cities are being redefined by the fear of proliferating diabetes brought on by stress and poor diet, say leading lifestyle doctors and diabeticians.

With India expected to be home to 80 percent of the world`s diabetic population by 2025, the buzzword is `low glycemic load foods`. The glycemic index or GI is a measure of the effects of carbohydrate on blood sugar level.

Studies have proved that people who eat low-glycemic food over several years are less prone to type 2 diabetes and coronary heart diseases than those who love their morning platter of `parantha, poori and roti (Indian breads)` – the high glycemic delights.

`The meals should be kept free of flour, cornflakes, wheat and rice,` Gaurav Sharma, a diabetologist, sports medicine and lifestyle doctor said. They can kill with excess starch and gluten allergy, the newest wheat allergen on the pantry shelf which can aggravate the condition of diabetics.

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`An ideal anti-diabetic breakfast, the most important meal of the day, should be a combination of eggs – fried, poached or scrambled in extra-virgin olive oil – accompanied by a tomato or mint dip followed by herbal or jasmine tea,` he added.

Eggs do not increase cholesterol; the popular perception of eggs as a potential source of cholesterol is a myth, said the doctor who has treated several top sportspersons including Kapil Dev.

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