Jamun, also known as black plum, is one of the most loved summer fruits we like to indulge in. The fruit comes from an evergreen tropical tree in the flowering plant family, Myrtaceae, which is usually grown in India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Other than its amazing tangy taste, they are also known to fight various lifestyle diseases like diabetes. Nutritionists and health experts recommend consuming jamun as a part of managing diabetes. But what makes this summer fruit so special for diabetics? How else one can add them to their diet other than eating them as is? We have all the answers!
Jamuns are rich in fibre, which is not easily digested by the body. It enables slow release of sugar in our bloodstream, keeping blood sugar in control. Moreover, the fruit contains substances called jamboline and jambosine - both of which are known to delay the release of sugar into the blood. For diabetics, snacking on jamun is a great option in summers. As per the findings of a recent study (published in Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine), jamun fruit extracts helped reduce blood glucose level and also regulated the insulin levels in hyperglycaemic rats. It was observed that jamun has powerful prophylactic role against hyperglycaemia.
Diabetes Diet: Here Are Some Interesting Ways To Add Jamun To Your Diet:
1. Jamun Mint Popsicles
In summer, there are a few things that get a smile on our face. Biting into a cool popsicle is one of them. These pretty purple-hued jamun popsicles are definitely going to impress your friends. These jamun popsicles are not only easy-to-make, but will please your taste buds to the max. To add a desi twist to your jamun popsicles, dash some black salt or chaat masala on the top.
2. Jamun Salad
We all know that salads are full of essential nutrients like protein and fibre - both of which are good for diabetics - this easy-to-make jamun salad is no less. High in fibre, this healthy salad makes a perfect side to your chicken dish.
3. Quinoa And Jamun Salad
Quinoa is one of the best pseudo-grains that has recently gained immense popularity in the world of fitness. A healthy yet delicious combination of quinoa, jamun, tomatoes, spring onions and cucumbers makes this salad a perfect addition to your diabetic diet.
Health experts around the world stress on the fact that diabetics must include high fibre fruits like jamun in their diet. There are various ways of adding jamun to your daily diet, but make sure you consult your doctor before doing so.
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