For a person with diabetes, it is best recommended to have roti made of jowar atta (sorghum) compared to a wheat flour chappati. Here is why jowar roti is the preferred choice for people with diabetes:
1 .The high dietary fiber of sorghum is not only important for digestive, hormonal and cardio-vascular health, but also reduces the glycemic index of sorghum. Since it has a low glycemic index, which is 62 compared to that of whole wheat (72), it takes a longer time for the release of glucose in the blood. This helps in preventing spikes of blood sugar levels in diabetics.
2 . Jowar (sorghum) is a rich source of protein, iron, vitamin B, dietary fiber and antioxidants such as tannins and anthocyanin. These antioxidants help to reduce inflammation and also prevents free radical damage in diabetics.
3 . Jowar (Sorghum) is gluten-free. It is also a rich source of antioxidants therefore making it a better grain. Few of its varieties have high phenolic content which is beneficial for people with diabetes.
4 . Being a rich source of antioxidants, it has been found to ward off several forms of cancer such as colon cancer.
5 . Jowar can be easily digested and is well tolerated by the human body. It is rich in starch, as well as protein. It slows down the process of digestion and regulates release of glucose in the blood.
6 . Jowar contains antioxidants like tannin and anthocyanin, which help in reducing caloric value of food and also helps to reduce weight. It has also been found to be beneficial in fighting obesity and subsequent worsening of diabetes.