Mango pickle is a popular condiment in Indian cuisine, made from raw mangoes, spices, oil and salt. It has a tangy and spicy taste that can enhance the flavor of any dish. But can people with diabetes enjoy this delicious pickle without worrying about their blood sugar levels?
The answer is yes, but with some precautions.
Mango pickle can be beneficial for people with diabetes if consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. Here are some of the reasons why:
Mango pickle is rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that can boost immunity and protect against infections. Vitamin C also helps in wound healing and collagen formation, which are important for people with diabetes who are prone to skin problems and infections.
Mango pickle contains fiber, which can help in regulating blood sugar levels and preventing spikes and crashes. Fiber also aids in digestion and prevents constipation, which are common issues for people with diabetes.
Mango pickle has iron, which can help in preventing anemia and improving oxygen delivery to the cells. Iron also supports the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood. People with diabetes may have low levels of iron due to poor absorption or blood loss.
Mango pickle has calcium, which can help in strengthening the bones and teeth and preventing osteoporosis. Calcium also plays a role in muscle contraction and nerve transmission, which are essential for normal body functions. People with diabetes may have low levels of calcium due to kidney problems or medication side effects.
However, mango pickle also has some drawbacks that people with diabetes should be aware of:
Mango pickle is high in sodium, which can increase blood pressure and cause fluid retention. High blood pressure and edema are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, which are more common in people with diabetes. Therefore, people with diabetes should limit their intake of salt and sodium-rich foods like mango pickle.
Mango pickle is high in calories and fat, which can lead to weight gain and obesity. Excess weight and body fat can worsen insulin resistance and make blood sugar control more difficult. Therefore, people with diabetes should watch their portion size and calorie intake when eating mango pickle.
Mango pickle may contain added sugar or sweeteners, which can raise blood sugar levels and interfere with diabetes management. Therefore, people with diabetes should check the label and ingredients of the mango pickle they buy or make at home and avoid those that have added sugar or sweeteners.
Mango pickle can be a tasty and healthy addition to the diet of people with diabetes if eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. However, people with diabetes should also be mindful of the potential drawbacks of mango pickle and take precautions to avoid them. Always consult your doctor or a qualified healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456