Can diabetics eat dahi or yoghurt with their meals?

Having curd or yoghurt with your meals will not only keep your sugar level in check but also your heart healthy!

Indians love eating curd, and why not, given the health benefits of eating curd. Yes, it is a healthy practice which helps with digestion, reduces bloating, acidity and GERD. But for diabetics who are under a constant struggle to eat right and keep their blood sugar in check, the question is whether is it healthy for them. Well, a straight answer to this question is yes. In fact, including curd with their meals can be very beneficial for them. Curd or yoghurt made from skimmed milk can help a diabetic in many ways. Regular intake can keep the cholesterol and triglycerides in check which can prevent the onset of heart diseases, a probable risk for diabetics, says Niti Desai, consultant nutritionist at Cumbala Hill Hospital.

There are studies that also support the fact that eating curd or dahi can do wonders for diabetics, here is how:

1. It increases level of HDL (good cholesterol) and lowers LDL (bad cholesterol)

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Probiotic yoghurt, in particular, helps to lower lipid levels that could be a threat to various heart conditions in diabetics. A study published in Journal of Research and Medical Sciences took into account 44 patients with type 2 diabetes aged between 30 and 60 years who had raised LDL cholesterol levels. The patients were divided into two groups: one group was given to eat 300 gm of probiotic yoghurt for eight weeks while the other group had conventional yoghurt for the same period of time. It was seen that the group that had probiotic yoghurt had decreased levels of LDL and increased levels of HDL. So having probiotic yoghurt if you are a diabetic can help you deal with your condition better [1].

2. It acts as an antidiabetic food

In another study documented in Journal of Medicinal Food saw that rats who were fed fructose-rich food which was supplemented with 10 gm of yoghurt made from skim milk and it was seen that glucose intolerance was delayed in such rats. The study concluded that skim milk and its fermented products like dahi act as an antidiabetic food and helps to keep blood sugar level in control [2].


[1]1: Mohamadshahi M, Veissi M, Haidari F, Javid AZ, Mohammadi F, Shirbeigi E.Effects of probiotic yogurt consumption on lipid profile in type 2 diabetic patients: A randomized controlled clinical trial. J Res Med Sci. 2014 Jun;19(6):531-6. PubMed PMID: 25197295; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4155708.

[2] 1: Yadav H, Jain S, Sinha PR. Effect of skim milk and dahi (yogurt) on blood glucose, insulin, and lipid profile in rats fed with high fructose diet. J Med Food. 2006 Fall;9(3):328-35. PubMed PMID: 17004894.

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