You most likely had chana masala hundreds of times – with roti, phulka, poori, bhatura, or naan. And if you haven’t, then you have missed out on an orgy of flavors and the wholesomeness of a healthy curry.
Chana or chickpeas are full of fiber, high in vitamins and minerals, and have numerous health benefits. Including chickpeas in your diabetes diet plan is not only a good idea, it is having tasty, healthy food with a low glycemic index of 28 (chickpeas).
Benefits of chickpeas in diabetic diet
- Chickpeas, with their high protein content, are a great source of plant-based protein for people with diabetes
- With a low glycemic index, consumption of chickpeas leads to lower postprandial sugar levels when compared to other meals
- With no fat and cholesterol, and high amounts of fiber, chickpeas are good for heart health and hence a must in a diabetic diet
- Having low amounts of sodium and good amounts of potassium, chickpeas are helpful in reducing blood pressure
- Containing numerous minerals and vitamins, chickpeas are great for bone health, reduce inflammation, and reduce the risk of cancer
Calories in chana masala (100 gm.)
|Saturated Fat||0.11 gm.|
Vitamins in chana masala (100 gm.)
|Vitamin B2||0.06 mg.|
|Vitamin B6||0.12 mg.|
|Vitamin B9||52.55 μg.|
|Vitamin C||5.59 mg.|
|Vitamin D2||0.84 μg.|
Things to watch out for
- Legumes like chickpeas are not easy to digest and so they can cause gastric discomfort
- Due to its high potassium content, people taking beta blockers, or having kidney issues should consume chickpeas in moderation
- Consult a diabetes doctor or a dietician to know how much chickpeas you can include in your daily diabetes diet plan.