Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam
Can Diabetics Eat Jaggery?
Diabetics should avoid eating jaggery or use it in moderation as it is a source of concentrated sugar and can significantly raise blood sugar levels.
Jaggery is made from sugarcane juice and is a traditional sweetener used in India. It is often considered a healthier alternative to white sugar because it is unrefined and contains some minerals like iron, calcium, and potassium.
However, jaggery has a high glycemic index and can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. Therefore, it should be avoided or consumed in limited quantities by people with diabetes.
Instead of jaggery, people with diabetes should focus on consuming a well-balanced, low glycemic index diet that includes whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and healthy fats. They should limit their intake of sugary foods and beverages, including jaggery, to help manage their blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of complications.
If you want to add jaggery to tea or coffee, it is important to consult with your doctor. They can provide personalized guidance on how much jaggery you can consume based on your individual health needs and medication regimen.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456