While opinions differ where Mysore Pak actually came from, we all agree that it’s mouthwatering, delicious, and absolutely melts in the mouth to one’s delight. Made from gram flour, ghee, and sugar, can this be a diabetic sweet?
Come Dusshera, and South Indians enjoy this royal treat. Mysore Pak is a sugary sweet that is easy to prepare, and has a long shelf life. It contains ghee and sugar syrup along with gram flour. Gram flour or chickpea flour, commonly known as besan in Hindi does have certain health benefits.
Benefits of gram flour
- It is full of dietary fiber
- High in protein
- High in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium, zinc
- It assists in lowering bad cholesterol
- It is gluten-free
- With high calcium content, it is good for bones
- It is known to regulate blood pressure
When it comes to the consumption of gram flour in the form of Mysore Pak, since it contains lots of sugar and saturated fat, it is not an ideal diabetic sweet. One should consume this sweet in moderation during festivals, but should not be included in their diabetes diet plan.
Having said that, certain variations of this sweet exist. Instead of using sugar, coconut sugar, coconut jaggery, and palm jaggery are used to make Mysore Pak. Since these have lesser glycemic index than regular sugar, a person may occasionally consume Mysore Pak made with these ingredients.
Calories in Mysore Pak (100 gm.)
|Saturated Fat||7.53 gm.|
Vitamins in Mysore Pak (100 gm.)
|Vitamin B2||0.04 mg.|
|Vitamin B6||0.05 mg.|
|Vitamin B9||50.78 μg.|
|Vitamin D2||0.49 μg.|