If a friend of yours goes to Kerala, the first thing he or she is most likely to bring back is a pack of crunchy banana chips. Among the deep fries that most Indians consume, banana chips are unique as they are often fried in coconut oil. Made from both unripe and ripe bananas, they are calorie ridden and are not to be a feature of your diabetic diet.
Banana chips are often salted, or coated with masala or jaggery. With ingredients like salt, and jaggery, this deep fry should be avoided by people with diabetes.
Can people with diabetes have bananas?
Bananas are the most easily available fruit in India in all seasons. Bananas contain many nutrients and are low in fats and cholesterol. They contain very little sodium and are rich in potassium.
While under-ripe bananas have a glycemic index of around 30, ripe moderately ripe bananas have a glycemic index of around 42. Fully ripe bananas have a glycemic index of 52. So, ripe bananas can lead to a spike in sugar levels.
While you need not exclude bananas from your diabetes diet plan, you can have it in moderation. This is because diabetes doctors and endocrinologists advice the consumption of low glycemic index fruits in order to ensure proper nutrition and fiber.
Having fresh bananas are not known to increase blood sugar levels drastically. However, when it comes to banana chips, it is best to avoid them from your diabetes diet plan.
Calories in Banana Chips (100 gm.)
|Saturated Fat||28.97 gm.|
Vitamins in Banana Chips (100 gm.)
|Vitamin B2||0.02 mg.|
|Vitamin B6||0.26 mg.|
|Vitamin B9||14 μg.|
|Vitamin C||6.3 mg.|