Does Multigrain Atta For Diabetes Help Manage Blood Sugar?? Is It A Healthier Choice??

Dr. Pakhi Sharma (MBBS)
Dr. Pakhi Sharma (MBBS)

General Physician | 6+ years

Multigrain Atta for Diabetes
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Multigrain atta is flour milled from multiple grain varieties like wheat, bajra, etc. It has a rich source of protein that aids in good heart health and digestion. But is multigrain atta good enough to reduce blood sugar levels? What are the health benefits of multigrain atta for diabetes? Let’s read in detail!!

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    Multigrain Atta: Nutritional Profile
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    Advantages of Multigrain Atta For Diabetes
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    Ways to Consume Mutton For Diabetes
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    Best Time to Consume Multigrain For Diabetes
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    Risks of Over Consuming of Multigrain For Diabetes
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    Other Health Benefits of Multigrain
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    Don’t Have Time To Read?
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    FAQs
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Multigrain Atta: Nutritional Value

Multigrain atta is a healthier, low-calorie choice than refined flour atta. It contains 18.7% dietary fiber i.e 4.7% more than the recommended intake. Further, it provides complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber, which the body takes longer to absorb, thus stabilizing blood glucose levels.Multigrain atta also provides magnesium, copper, manganese, thiamine, and zinc. Copper, magnesium, and manganese help regulate blood glucose levels. It is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin B6.

100 grams of multigrain atta contains the following nutrients:

Protein : 2.7 g

Energy: 339.0 Kcal

Magnesium: 140.2 mg

Zinc: 1.7 mg

Iron: 3.5 mg

Calcium: 15.4 mg

Iron: 0.9 mg

Folic acid: 0.1 mg 

Riboflavin: 0.3 mg

Thiamin: 68.7 g

 

Advantages of Multigrain Atta for Diabetes

  • Multigrain atta has a lower GI and hence allows a more sustained glucose release and better blood sugar control. 
  • Prevents diabetes related complications such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance
  • Reduces risks of blood sugar spikes
  • Good for digestion 
  • Good heart health
  • Rich source of Protein

Ways To Consume Multigrain Atta For Diabetes

Here are five foods and ways you can create with multigrain wheat flour:

  • Multigrain millet cake with diabetic-friendly sugar options: 

These cakes can be made with low sugar substitutes such as jaggery which is high in iron. Replacing refined flour with multigrain flour can allow diabetic patients to indulge in these sweet treats guilt-free.

  • Multigrain idli with sambar: 

Idli sambar is a popular South Indian snack loaded with vitamins, minerals and energy-giving carbohydrates. However, the GI index of normal idli is much higher as it is made from rice. By substituting rice with fermented multigrain flour, the nutritional index of these idlis becomes much higher.

  • Multigrain flour nachos: 

Nachos are a popular Mexican snack that people love to eat. However, they are high on saturated fats and calories. Replacing regular nachos with a multigrain variant is a healthier option for diabetic patients. You could try eating it with a tasty low-fat yogurt dip.

  • Baked multigrain methi mathri: 

It is the season of festivals and there is no reason why your loved ones cannot partake in the indulgences. Diabetics can eat mathri made from fenugreek and multigrain flour that prevents blood sugar spikes and is loaded with nutrients.

  • Multigrain quinoa khichdi: 

Quinoa is high in protein and combined with multigrains, it can be an ideal meal for diabetic patients with the right combination of all nutrients.

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Best Time To Consume Multigrain Atta For Diabetes

The best way to consume multigrain atta is to cook and eat it fresh and immediately. It is an ideal breakfast option, as your body can metabolize it faster in the morning. Its high fiber content provides satiety and enables sustained glucose release throughout the day. Avoid eating it at night as it is slower to digest at this time.

Risks of Over Consuming Multigrain Atta For Diabetes

Overconsumption of multigrain atta can lead to the following health issues:

  • Excessive consumption of multigrain atta or being in a caloric surplus can lead to blood sugar spikes, causing a surge in the overall blood sugar levels.
  • Consistently overeating can create insulin resistance and increase health risks such as cardiovascular disease and obesity. It can also predispose borderline diabetic patients to get full-blown diabetes.

Other Health Benefits of Multigrain Atta

  • Multigrain atta has a combination of all vital vitamins, minerals, and lipids that are present in each of the constituent flours.
  • Multigrain atta containing barley can improve gut health, aid digestion, and reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Its fiber content stops excess fat from being stored in the body, thereby keeping cholesterol levels within the normal range. 
  • The fiber helps protect and maintain cardiovascular health. 

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  • Multigrain Atta is a good option for people suffering from Type-2 diabetes as it has a very low glycemic index and does not cause blood sugar levels to spike. 
  • Multigrain is a mixture of  multiple grains. The main grains are wheat, rice, maize, and barley. You can use multigrain atta in making bread and other food items.
  • Multigrain atta can be consumed in a wide variety of ways in the form of different recipes such as multigrain idlis, multigrain mathris, and multigrain khichdi.
  • It is a rich source of fiber and protein. It also contains calcium, selenium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. 
  • The best time to consume multigrain atta is in the morning as the slow release of energy sustains diabetic patients throughout the day.
  • Excessive consumption of multigrain atta can lead to blood sugar spikes and lead to health complications in diabetics.
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India’s leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let’s treat diabetes together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, multigrain atta has a low GI and is rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates, which the body takes longer to digest. Thus, it prevents blood sugar from spiking.

Multigrain flour is suitable for people with diabetes because the fiber stabilizes blood sugar levels. Though it is not good to consume the flour in excess, it is acceptable to eat it on a regular basis as it is fibrous and rich in a wide variety of nutrients. Make sure you consult your doctor before taking multigrain flour.

Multigrain atta contains wheat, rye, maize, and other grains. It is less refined than regular atta, and you can use it in making wholesome, healthy Indian bread. Some multigrains also comprise a healthy mix of bajra, jowar and ragi.

You should choose multigrain atta depending on your lifestyle and how you plan to use it:

  • If you are on a low-carb diet, go for multigrain atta with low GI. 
  • Choose higher-GI multigrain atta if you wish to include more fiber in your diet, such as Healthkart's Multigrain Atta. 
  • If you want multigrain atta in a ready-to-eat form, you may go for Kellogg's All-Bran Atta Health Bar. 

To make the multigrain atta suitable for people with diabetes, add ingredients like bajra (pearl millet), ragi (finger millet), rajgira (amaranth flour), jau (barley), chana (chickpea), and soybean flour. 

Dr. Pakhi Sharma
Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBS
(General physician, 6+ years)
An expert in obstetrics and medical emergencies, Dr. Pakhi Sharma, an alumni of Sri Devaraj Urs University of Higher Education and Research Centre, is a general physician working at Phablecare. She has 6+ years of work experience spread across gynaecology and obstetrics, family medicine, and medical emergencies at renowned hospitals and clinics.

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