Living with diabetes is stressful. You have to monitor your diet and calorie intake all the time. The stress of managing diabetes and keeping blood sugar levels in check leads to even more irregular sugar levels. It becomes a vicious cycle of stress leading to elevated sugar levels leading to stress again. If you or someone you know is struggling to keep their blood sugar level in control, TasteGood has the perfect solution for you. TasteGood Karela biscuits.
Karela? In biscuits? We know what you’re thinking.. ‘What an unusual combination! Will it not taste bitter?’ Allow us to bust this myth right away. No, karela biscuits do not taste bitter. They have a unique and delicious flavor that is baked to perfection.
Karela, or Bitter Gourd, is notorious for its bitter taste. But don’t get fooled by this popular notion. For centuries, Karela has been a common household remedy in India for combating high blood sugar and toxins in the body. A Karela cleanse is considered healing and beneficial in many ways.
100 grams of Karela contains 34 calories with 13 mg sodium and 602 g potassium. The total carbohydrate content in karela is 7 g and it contains 3.6 g of protein.
Let us now look at some of the medicinal and health benefits of Karela:
1. Blood Sugar
It cuts down and regulates blood sugar levels in the body. According to research, Karela contains a substance similar to insulin. It helps in reducing the glycemic levels in blood in both Type I and Type II patients significantly when consumed regularly. This insulin-like substance acts by increasing the utilization of glucose and improving glycemic control.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Karela can lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the body, which eventually leads to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.
3. Blood Pressure
Karela contains generous amounts of potassium which helps in lowering high blood pressure levels by absorbing the excess sodium.
4. Liver Cleanse
Karela strengthens the antioxidant activity of enzymes in the liver. This cleanses the liver of all toxins. It also improves bowel health and the functioning of the urinary bladder.
5. Skin and Hair Health
Due to the presence of antioxidants, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, Karela has proven to be very effective in improving skin and hair texture.
6. Cures Hangovers
Karela can be a perfect cure for a hangover as we have already established that it is very good at cleansing all toxins out of the liver.
7. Boosts Immunity
The antioxidants found in Karela are crucial in fighting viruses and bacterial infections.
8. Improves Vision
Owing to the presence of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, Karela is highly beneficial in improving eyesight.
9. Helps in Weight Loss
The content of carbohydrates and fats is very low in Karela. Also, it tends to keep you feeling full for a longer time. According to a study, Karela helps in dislocating current fat cells and prevents new fat cells from forming.
Despite all these benefits, understandably, the taste of Karela is what keeps a lot of people from including it in their daily diet. Well, after years of research in this field, TasteGood has come up with an ingenious solution!
A phytonutrient present in bitter gourd called Polypeptide-p or p-insulin is responsible for its hypoglycemic action. It is also called plant insulin because it works just like human insulin, lowers the body’s glycemic levels, and protects the pancreatic islet cells. Another bioactive compound called Charantin present in Karela promotes the release of insulin and helps in stimulating glucose utilization by muscles. It also suppresses key gluconeogenic enzymes.
When our elders recommended Karela for lowering blood sugar, they knew what they were talking about. This age-old wisdom of the beneficial effects of Karela in diabetes has now been confirmed by science.
According to a 2020 study published in the Indian Journal of Nutrition, one of the methods of treating hyperglycemia naturally is through a focused diet. It is also one of the most economical methods to treat diabetes. A diet focused on food quality can reduce the incidence and severity of diabetes mellitus to a significant extent. Foods with a high glycemic index (GI) are detrimental to health as they raise the levels of glucose in the blood. Foods with a medium to low GI are the best option for diabetic patients. Besides regular meals, including a small snack such as TasteGood Karela biscuits in between meals significantly improved the anti-diabetic treatment effects in the subjects of the study.
Inhibitors present in Karela exhibited hypoglycemic action and showed a marked reduction in glucose levels in the subjects. The study has successfully concluded that consuming 40 g of karela for 30 days can lower postprandial glucose levels by 36% in diabetic patients.
TasteGood Karela Biscuits as a Diabetic Snack
Diabetic patients usually have very limited snacking options as they have to worry about the glycemic index of every food they consume. Enter, TasteGood Karela Biscuits. The results of the 2020 study concluded that TasteGood biscuits have a medium glycemic index so they can be safely consumed as a mid-meal snack. They are baked, with a high fiber content, no added sugars, zero trans-fat, and no cholesterol.
Using advanced food technology, the goodness and nutritional value of 20 g karela are packed into every biscuit. Thanks to transformative technology, the bitter flavor is modified and formulated into a delicious, healthy snack that not only fixes your hunger pangs but also helps you fight diabetes with every bite you take!
The concept of food as medicine has been an integral part of Indian culture. Now, science has made it possible to transform difficult but highly beneficial foods such as Karela into delicious, lip-smacking snacks that you can munch on guilt-free!