Diabetes is one major concern, affecting 463 million people across the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, it is estimated to rise up to 153 million by 2045. Diabetes is a chronic disease, characterised by increased blood sugar levels in the body. If left unattended, this may lead to several other diseases, including heart ailment, kidney-related issues and more. Hence, experts recommend managing blood sugar levels with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet. This brings up the question - what is a balanced diet? It is referred to as a diet enriched with essential nutrients and consumed at the right hour of the day.
According to consultant nutritionist Rupali Datta, "one must maintain a balanced fibre, carb and protein intake as a part of a diabetes diet. Added sugar, trans-fats and high-calorie should be strictly avoided in the diet." Besides, what works as a wonder are some traditional herbs and spices. Easily available in our kitchen pantry, these herbs and spices are loaded with several essential nutrients and have been a part of our traditional medical practice for eons. One such healthy spice is cinnamon.
Health Benefits Of Cinnamon: How Cinnamon Helps Manage Blood Sugar:
Enriched with flavonoids, antioxidants, and anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon is known to be great for diabetes. As per the findings of a study, published journal Diabetes Care, cinnamon may help improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels in people suffering from type 2 diabetes. It is also known to reduce the risks associated with diabetes and heart-related diseases.
Hence, we bring you a cinnamon drink that also includes the benefits of green tea in it. For the unversed, green tea is also dubbed to be great for people with diabetes. As per a study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, drinking caffeinated green tea may help lower your risk of type-2 diabetes. Let's take a look at the recipe.
How To Make Cinnamon Green Tea:
- To make this drink, all you need to do is:
- Boil water with a pinch of cinnamon powder/ half-inch cinnamon stick.
- Switch off the flame and add one teaspoon of green tea to it.
- Close the lid and let it infuse for four to five minutes.
- Strain and drink.
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But always remember, always consult an expert before making any change in your lifestyle. Eat healthy, stay fit!
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