The Truth About Stevia—And Is It Helpful For People With Diabetes

In this article, we talk about The So-called “Healthy” natural substitute for sugar:

What is Stevia?

Stevia, commonly known as sweet leaf or sugar leaf, stevia rebaudiana .

Stevia is a natural plant-based sweetener that can be traced back to South America and has been used for several hundred years. The plant is known as Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni and is a part of the sunflower family. The plant, which is native to Paraguay and Brazil, features many anti-diabetic and anti-oxidant properties.

Stevia is a sugar substitute that has almost no calories. Stevia sweeteners are based upon extracts from the leaves of the stevia rebaudiana plant, that the FDA considers being generally safe.

Stevia contains 8 glycosides that are isolated and purified to get the sweetener in its rawest form.

They are:


rebaudiosides A, C, D, E, and F


dulcoside A


Stevia contains compounds called Steviol glycosides, the compounds which give stevia its sweet taste, have a level of sweetness graded at 250-300 times sweeter than sugar (sucrose), this property is due to the presence of two compounds: stevioside and rebaudioside. However, stevia is so low in calories that it is technically a “zero-calorie” product.


Using pure stevia preparations in relatively small amounts should have no significant effect on blood glucose levels.

Stevia based sweeteners that are blended with other sweetening ingredients may have blood glucose-raising properties, depending on what they are blended with and in what proportion.

Refer to the packaging or contact the manufacturer if you have questions about how the product may affect your blood glucose levels.


Stevia is recognised as having properties which may result in the following health benefits:

• Blood glucose lowering

• Anti-inflammatory

• Anti-tumour

• Blood pressure lowering

• Anti-diarrheal

• Antioxidant properties to fight disease

• blood sugar control, both when fasting and after meals

• improved satiety and reduced hunger

• regulate your appetite, thus reducing your calorie intake

• protection against liver and kidney damage

• reduced triglyceride and cholesterol levels

• reduces insulin sensitivity and increases the insulin effect on the body’s cell membranes

• does not alter the composition of food or their nutrients, meaning that minerals and vitamins remain at the same level

How to use stevia?

Several brands of stevia tablets and powder are commercially available. Stevia is now present in a number of foods and beverages, including Gatorade’s G2, VitaminWater Zero, SoBe Lifewater Zero, Crystal Light and Sprite Green. Around the world, it has been used in soft drinks, chewing gums, wines, yoghurts, candies and many other products. Stevia powder can also be used for cooking and baking (in markedly decreased amounts compared to table sugar due to its high sweetness potency).

Stevia as a sweetener in products such as milk-based desserts, yoghurts, carbonated water, flavoured drinks, jams and ready-to-eat cereals. Ever since manufacturers such as Amul and Mother Dairy have shown an interest in developing products with stevia instead of sugar or artificial sugar substitutes.

You can:

• add stevia instead of sugar to your tea or coffee – since stevia is much sweeter, you may need to experiment a little to find the quantity that best suits your taste buds. Generally, a pinch of stevia gives you the same sweetness as one teaspoon of sugar.

• sprinkle stevia powder onto your breakfast cereals or on yoghurt. Here are some easy, delicious guilt-free snack ideas for diabetes people.

• try using stevia instead of sugar in preparing ice cream or fruit-based desserts.

How Stevia works

Stevia drops: for people who find plain water boring, you can drop a few drops of this extract in water. Your water will taste much better and you do not have to worry about the sweetener’s impact on your blood sugar.

Stevia powder: this is the most common form of stevia purchased from the market today. It is mixed with other ingredients to allow it to behave like sugar. It has less than 0.5 g of sugar per serving, an amount that is classified by the FDA as having zero calories.

It is important to know the additives that have been added to this stevia before consumption to avoid complications and to get the RIGHT PRODUCT for your required sweetening needs.

Does Stevia taste similar to sugar? 

Stevia has its own distinct sweet taste just like any other natural sweetener like Honey, Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup. Unfortunately, because Sugar is so pervasive in our foods our taste buds take some time to acclimatise and appreciate any new sweet flavour.

Cut the Calories keep the Taste: Magicleaf Stevia

Magicleaf Stevia is a product of 5 years of intensive R&D to simulate a Sugar like taste profile and create an extraordinary all-purpose sweetener that is all taste but no calories. Like many foods you love like tea/coffee/honey, it can be a bit of an acquired taste and can take a week or so to get used to it. But once you do, there will no be going back!

In fact, they are so confident of the quality of their product that if you try Magicleaf for 7 days and are not satisfied with the taste, they will happily return the product and give your money back.

Are Magicleaf Stevia and Stevia leaf extract the same thing?

No. Magicleaf Stevia is a proprietary sweetener blend consisting of 5 natural ingredients:

Stevia leaf extract (sweetener), dietary fibre (prebiotic), crystalline fructose (bulking agent), silica (anti-caking agent) and natural flavours.

Stevia leaf extract is the common or usual ingredient name for the extract derived from the leaf of the stevia plant. Stevia leaf extract is the primary sweetening ingredient in both Magicleaf Stevia and Magicleaf Keto blends.

What is Crystalline Fructose and why does Magicleaf Stevia contain Crystalline Fructose?

With Stevia extracts, the addition of a bulking agent is by and large a necessity. Magicleaf Stevia uses Crystalline Fructose as the bulking agent. Crystalline Fructose is made from non-GMO rice and occurs naturally in all fruits and many other foods. Fructose doesn’t get absorbed in our bloodstream and hence doesn’t impacts blood sugar level. The advantage of using Crystalline Fructose as a carrier for stevia leaf extracts is that it has an extremely low glycaemic index (20) and is an extremely safe ingredient. Apart from providing bulk, it also lends Magicleaf Stevia Sugar like crystalline appearance, texture and caramelisation when used for cooking or baking.

Is Magicleaf Stevia safe for Diabetics?

Yes! Magicleaf Stevia is a zero-calorie sweetener that doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels and is safe for one and all – including diabetics and weight watchers.

Is Magicleaf Stevia safe for Children? How about Pregnant Women?

When it comes to Stevia’s safety there are no ifs and buts. Unlike many other “Sugarfree” brands Magicleaf Stevia does not contain any ingredients that are unsafe for Children or Pregnant Women. Magicleaf can be enjoyed by one and all!

Can Magicleaf Stevia help me lose weight?

Yes! An average consumer intakes 1.5-2 kgs of Sugar on a monthly basis. If you replace your entire Sugar consumption with Magicleaf Stevia, you should save on 6000 – 8000 kcal every month which equals roughly 1 Kg of body fat. Combined with a healthy diet the results can be even more effective.

What are you waiting for? Make the switch today!



Salt Guide : What are the different types of Salt + Their Uses and Benefits

Salt is everywhere. Without salt, we would die.

Of course, if you’ve ever been to the supermarket and tried to buy salt, you’ve probably realized that there are a bunch of different types. Every variation of this essential ingredient looks and tastes unique, plus interacts with foods in ways you could never expect.

Since, Saltiness is also one of the five basic tastes we experience, along with sweetness, sourness, bitterness and umami.

Why we have Salt Cravings

Part of the reason we crave salty snacks is that our cells need salt to function. Every single cell in our bodies contains salt in the form of ions. These charged particles become the electricity that powers our cells to perform whichever essential function they’re designed to do, like converting nutrients into energy. Because our bodies are continually losing salts when we sweat or use the restroom, we need to replenish the supply of salts through our diet constantly.

So, What Actually Is Salt and Is It All Bad?

Salt (Sodium Chloride), a well-debated nutrient, is essential in many functions in the body including fluid and electrolyte balance, muscle function and neuronal activity. Sodium plays a central role in the membrane potential for the majority of cells and in the action potential for the contraction of muscles.

Sodium can occur naturally in foods such as beets, mushrooms and milk, however, it is also added to foods for preservation and taste. Unfortunately, a diet with excess salt intake is a cause of high blood pressure which subsequently increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Here’s all that you need to know about the most common kinds of salt, including how it’s made, what it tastes like, and which are best for baking, cooking, and garnishing.

Refined salt (table salt)

This is the basic stuff you’ll find in most salt shakers. Most table salt is mined, but that salt is put into water, purified of other trace minerals, then re-dehydrated to create a uniform product. Table salts are usually 97 to 99 per cent sodium chloride, with some added anti-caking agents, and a lot also include iodide, which is an essential nutrient that can get removed during the purification process (not to be confused with iodine). That’s why the packages of many unrefined kinds of salt say “not a source of iodide.”

When to use it: The benefits of table salt are its consistency in saltiness, as well as its refined size. Table salt easily dissolves and is ideal for baking. The general rule of thumb is that baking recipes call for table salt, and other salts should not be used as a substitution. Table salt controls yeast growth and also strengthens gluten. It has an important function so must be measured accurately.

Kosher salt

This is a coarse-grained flaky salt. It’s a favourite with chefs because it’s easy to pinch and handle, and it has no additives (like iodine) or anti-caking agents. Also, it’s generally less pungent than table salt and dissolves easily. Note: The granules are much flakier and larger than table salt, therefore you can’t use them interchangeably. The name is actually due to the fact that this type of large-crystal salt is used in making meats kosher (another name for it is “koshering salt”).

When to use it: Kosher salt is an excellent finishing salt — to sprinkle on your dishes for last-minute seasonings. Kosher salt is also the preferred salt for bringing, curing and often pickling, as it doesn’t contain iodine. Iodine can react negatively with certain foods, so it is best to avoid iodized salts when preserving.

Sea salt

Sea salt refers to unrefined salt that is sourced from — appropriately — the sea. It is collected by the evaporation of seawater. The lack of refinement in sea salt means that it will still contain traces of other minerals — which some suggest enhances the flavour of the salt. Although often thought to be a healthier alternative to table salt, by weight, both contain the same level of sodium chloride.

When to use it: If you prefer the flavour of sea salt to table salt, then you can use them interchangeably (as long as you can find a sea salt with a very fine grain). Alternatively, sea salt can be used in a salt grinder as a finishing salt.

Himalayan pink salt 

This full-flavoured mineral salt is mined from ancient sea salt deposits, located deep in the Himalayan mountain range. Its high mineral content gives this salt its stunning pink to red hues. Potassium and calcium, as well as iron and magnesium, are some of the many trace minerals that make up this highly-prized salt. These trace elements give this salt its unique, varied taste. 

When to use it: Although it is generally sold as a medium-coarse salt, you can also find it available in finely ground versions. Himalayan pink makes a great addition to complex dishes that require more frequent salting such as in stews or any brining solution. 

Himalayan black salt

This vibrant salt is actually more purple-red than black in its solid form, and when you grind it down it takes on a pinkish hue, but its formal name, Kala Namak, translates to “black salt”. The iron sulfide present in the salt gives it its dark color and it also contains trace amounts of magnesium and sulfates.

When to use it: When used properly, it can be added to vegan food to mimic the taste of eggs, though if you use it wrong your food may end up tasting like salty rotten eggs. This makes it a popular choice for adding extra flavor to meat and egg-free dishes. It is used extensively throughout traditional South Asian cuisines.

Celtic Sea Salt

Also known as sel gris (French for “grey salt”), Celtic sea salt is harvested from the bottom of tidal ponds off the coast of France. The salt crystals are raked out after sinking; this, plus the mineral-rich seawater its extracted from, gives Celtic salt its moist, chunky grains, grey hue and briny taste.

When to use it: It’s great on fish and meat as both a cooking and finishing salt, as well as for baking.

Hawaiian black lava salt

Hawaiian black lava salt employs a winning combination of flaky Pacific sea salt and black lava from Hawaii. Rich in activated carbon (which is prized for its detoxification properties) this salt will not only add a unique flavor, but it can also help to aid digestion.

In addition to its crisp sea salt taste, Hawaiian black lava salt is renowned for its delicious smoky flavor with hints of sulfur. Some people describe it as having an almost nutty taste, too. 

When to use it: Thanks to its dramatic appearance, this salt looks fantastic sprinkled over any light-colored dishes such as fish or poultry. It also adds texture and makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled eggplant and mashed potato. It is important to note that this salt should only be used as a finishing salt. If used during cooking, the salt will dissolve, leaving a black residue at the bottom of your dish!

Smoked salt 

Mesquit Smoked salt is an aromatic salt smoked with any number of mesquite bark free woods for up to 14 days. Smoked Salt can be made from a number of different types of barks and the kind of wood used for smoking impacts the flavor, which can range from subtle to bold or even sweet. The most common choices are alder wood, apple wood, hickory, mesquite, and oak.

When to use it: Infused smoked salts like smoked bacon chipotle sea salt are very popular because of the dynamic flavor profiles.

Rock Salt

Rock salt is salt that has been extracted from underground salt mines through the process of mining with dynamite and then crushed further for food use. It can be found under the rugged layers of the earth’s surface and is scientifically known as halite. Rock salt has various benefits.; Contains more natural minerals and elements found in the human body.

When to use it: Gives flavor dimensions and additional texture on breads and other baked goods and can be used to cure and remove toxins from meats.

Flake salt

Flake salt is a type of salt that is characterized by its large, flat flakes. It can form naturally, but it is usually produced by boiling brine or through evaporative techniques. The delicate salt shavings that are produced by these methods tend to have a lower mineral content than other types of salts for a saltier taste. With their large surface area, the flakes dissolve rapidly yet have a crunchy texture, making flake salt ideal for use as a finishing salt.

When to use it: However, thanks to its unusual properties and “melting crunchiness”, it is perhaps best put to effect in sweet dishes such as caramel or chocolate desserts, cookies or even sprinkled on ice cream.  

Hawaiian alaea salt 

Also known as “Hawaiian Red Salt”, this salt comes from where the Pacific Ocean meets Hawaiian shores. Once the salt has been harvested, it is mixed with volcanic red alaea clay. This brick-red colored clay is rich in minerals and iron oxide. Traditionally, it was also used to cleanse, purify and promote healing.

When to use it: Hawaiian alaea salt has a slightly nutty flavor and is prized for its flavor retention throughout cooking, meaning a small amount goes a long way. It is used in traditional dishes such as Hawaiian poke or pork kalua. Sprinkle it over grilled fish for an authentic taste or use it as an eye-catching garnish on any pale dish.  

Truffle salt

Truffle salt is a great way to add flavor and depth to any dish. High-quality sea salt is infused and mixed with fine truffle fragments for a winning gastronomical combination. Truffles have been highly prized for centuries for their earthy, exotic flavor and they are one of the most expensive raw food that you can buy.

When to use it: Use this exquisite infused salt to add an extra dimension to simple dishes such as rice or pasta recipes, grilled meat or cream-based soups and salads. In fact, almost any dish will benefit from a sprinkle of truffle salt just as it reaches the table. 

Curing salt 

Curing salts, also known as pink salt or Prague powder, are made up of a mixture of table salt combined with sodium nitrate and a distinctive pink dye. 

When to use it: They are used to preserve meat by inhibiting the growth of bacteria that leads to spoilage. Curing salts have been used for centuries before the advent of refrigeration and modern food processing and preservation techniques. You must only use curing salts as directed and be sure to store them out of children’s reach. Purchasing curing salts will enable you to make your own ham, pastrami or corned beef. 

Pickling salts

Pickling salt, as the name suggests are used for pickling. Essentially, pickling salt is pure sodium chloride, without any added ingredients. Iodine or anti-caking agents that are frequently added to regular salt can make the pickling solution go cloudy or gather as a residue at the bottom of your jar.

When to use it: Pickling salt also tends to be very fine, which helps to speed up the pickling process as the salt dissolves more rapidly. You can use pickling salt in place of regular salt, but it may cake pretty quickly if left out.


While salt often gets a bad press, it is an essential ingredient for delicious cooking and is even an important ingredient in a range of artisanal products including soap.

Rather than sprinkling your food with your regular old table salt day-after-day, expand your culinary skill-set and experiment with these different types of salt for a satisfying punch of new flavors and textures!

Extra Health Tips: How Can We Reduce Our Extra Salt Intake

• Try to avoid adding table salt when cooking or at the table, but if you do choose to add salt, just add a small pinch.

• Prepare your own meals using fresh foods such as fruit and vegetables to manage how much salt is added.

• Rinse canned foods which are soaked in salt water such as tuna, beans and vegetables. 

• Be aware of foods high in salt such as meat (including processed meat), cheese, ready-made soups, ketchup, soy sauce, stock cubes, gravy powder, tinned food containing salt, salted snacks such as crisps, nuts, biscuits, popcorn, ready-meals, takeaway meals, bread. 

• Try to choose foods with less than 0.3g/100g of salt which will be shown on food labels. 

• Use alternatives such as herbs and spices to add extra flavour to food and also have additional health benefits including anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering effects.

A salt’s salinity, taste, texture, aroma and color depends on where it’s harvested and how it is processed. These differences make salt truly integral to every step of the cooking process and every recipe. 

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar

7 Secret Drinks that keep all of the Celebrities Glowing

There is no doubt, Models and celebrities know all about the health benefits of smoothies—being fit and super health-conscious is practically part of their jobs, after all—they are exposed to some of the most knowledgeable, creative, and expensive wellness experts in the world, they wind up with a pretty impressive arsenal of nutrition tips and tricks.

I’m so excited to share the secret beautifying drink recipes that these celebrities drink to stay slim.

Get in on the celeb-sanctioned secret to healthy living and whose wellness and beauty game is mad strong, including Nick Jonas, Kylie Jenner and more.

1.Mandy Moore Cleanse Smoothie

This smoothie is made with “blackberries, raspberries, half of an avocado, Vital Proteins collagen greens, and almond butter.”

2.Kylie Jenner’s Green Smoothie

For her smoothie, Jenner chose spinach, kale, pineapple, frozen blueberries, strawberries and “a little bit” of orange juice.

3.Zac Efron Vegan Smoothie

This drink is made with just spinach, kale, some blueberries, raspberries, avocado, a little banana, coconut water mixed with a little almond milk and some chia seeds with a little bit of honey.

4.Jennifer Aniston’s Breakfast Smoothie

For her morning drink, she blends “bananas, cherries, a protein powder, almonds, cacao powder, and all sorts of other antioxidant stuff with almond milk.”

5.Nick Jonas Apple Pie Smoothie

Instead of protein shake, Nick likes to blend ”few frozen bananas, apples, coconut milk yogurt, rice milk, raw cashews, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground ginger.

6.Liam Hemsworth Mystic Smoothie

This drink is made with bananas, dates, cinnamon, spirulina, maca, raw cacao, chia seeds, sprouted brown rice protein, cashew butter, and coconut water that’s topped with raw cacao nibs and mint.

7.Kate Hudson Green Power Smoothie

The smoothie recipe includes a frozen banana, almond butter, almond milk, kale, spinach, honey, and chia seeds.

No surprise all these drinks are jam-packed with healthy nutrients and loads of fibre, which will keep you filling full AND energized throughout the day. Win, win, win.

If you enjoyed this article, please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar

Foods that fight inflammation : Road to Good Health

How many times we have heard this

You are what you eat, right?

But what does that mean? How to use food to help your body fight inflammation

Here is how your food affects inflammation in your body, and what that means for your health.

The choices you make at the grocery store can have an impact on the inflammation in your body. The good news: Foods that are anti-inflammatory tend to be the same foods that can help keep you healthy in other ways, too.

So eating with inflammation in mind doesn’t have to be complicated or restrictive.

Incorporate more of these delicious, natural anti-inflammatory foods into your diet to promote healthy habits in yourself and your family:

1. Whole grains

Eat these to gain more fiber, which has been associated with fewer signs of inflammation. They also have a lower glycemic index, for those watching blood sugar levels.

Try out Buckwheat and chia seed porridge or oatmeal porridge bowl.

2. Berries and tart cherries

Fruit, in general, is high in antioxidants, and berries, in particular, have anti-inflammatory properties because they contain polyphenol and anthocyanin.

Next time pair up your yogurt with fresh berries or cherries.

3. Olive oil

This plant-based fat is great for a heart-healthy diet and contains healthy oleic acid. It’s also delicious and fits in well with the Mediterranean diet.

4. Cruciferous vegetables

Vegetables in the cabbage family contain numerous nutrients, including antioxidants, which protect the body from the free radicals which can prompt inflammation.

5. Fatty fish

Cold-water fish like salmon and sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have significant anti-inflammatory properties if eaten a few times a week. Those who don’t like fish may want to consider fish oil supplements instead.

Eat this zoodles recipe with salmon:

6. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that may reduce inflammation in the lungs and elsewhere in the body.

7. Peppers

These, too, contain antioxidants: in this case, vitamin C. They also contain capsaicin, a chemical which reduces inflammation.

Check an amazing recipe here:

8. Leafy greens

Spinach, kale and other dark leafy greens contain an abundance of healthy compounds including vitamin E, calcium, iron, and phytochemicals that help reduce inflammation.

This is a good kale smoothie recipe to try:

9. Apples

Apples, like most other fruits, contain healthy phytonutrients that help protect against age-related diseases.

10. Nuts

Walnuts contain omega-3s, almonds and macadamias contain oleic acid, and nearly all nuts contain antioxidants — key ingredients in helping the body fight inflammation. Many nuts and their oils are also considered healthy fats.

I personally like California walnuts:


Particularly important for those who eat little or no animal protein, beans contain lots of vegetable protein as well as fiber.

This is my favourite weekend dinner idea: Sundried Tomato and Kidney Bean Chili

12. Soy and soybeans

Soy-based foods contain a high amount of vegetable-based protein, as well as isoflavones, which may help reduce inflammation in women. Avoid highly processed soy that may contain additives, and go for tofu, soymilk, and edamame.

Here is a guide to choose right SOY:

13. Oranges

Are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, and they also contain fiber, calcium, and folate. The fiber and folate in oranges may help keep your heart healthy, and vitamin C is essential for immune system function, strong connective tissue, and healthy blood vessels.

14. Carrots

Carrots are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps reduce free radicals in the body.

15. Low-fat dairy

Dairy can prompt inflammation in certain sensitive people, but high-quality and low-fat dairy products like good cheese and yogurt are an excellent source of protein, probiotics and calcium.

16. Beets

Beets are one of those colourful vegetables with ample fiber, vitamin C, and phytonutrients. If you hate canned beets, make sure you give fresh beets a try — they are completely different.

17. Orange winter squash

Like carrots, orange winter squashes like the sweet butternut squash contain plenty of the antioxidant beta carotene.

18. Onions

Besides being delicious, onions contain anti-inflammatory chemicals like the antioxidant quercetin, which naturally inhibits histamine.

19: Sweet Potatoes

Another healthy carbohydrate, sweet potatoes also contain fiber, antioxidants, and the phytonutrient beta carotene.

You can even use Sweet potato as a Healthy Toast replacement.

20: Tea

White, green, and oolong tea, in particular, contain phytonutrients and flavonoids which help reduce inflammation.

21: Pineapple

Pineapple is loaded with vitamin C and contains an enzyme called bromelain which may help stimulate protein digestion, reduce inflammation of the gut, and boost immune function.

22. Mushroom

Antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties and contain a variety of compounds that can help to improve immunity and lower inflammation throughout the body. Mushrooms are a great source of protein, fiber, and various B vitamins, too.

23. Spices and herbs

Turmeric contains the active compound curcumin, it has strong anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb.

Ginger contains a bioactive compound, gingerol. It is not only a major immune booster and inflammation fighter, but its root can also be used in tea to aid digestion.

Try out this delicious drink :

Jamu Juice (Turmeric Ginger Drink)

Garlic contains sulfur compounds that stimulate our immune system to fight inflammation and illness. It’s also antibacterial and anti-fungal.

I hope these foods will help you to fight with your body inflammation. Can check more about inflammation on my Detoxpri Podcast:

Feel free to share your comments and feedback 🙂

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar

Constipation Cure: It’s Not as Difficult as You Think

Constipation is an incredibly common problem. It can be caused by foods you eat or avoid, lifestyle choices, medication or disease.

Constipation relief may be as close as your kitchen!

These natural home remedies for constipation will help get your bowels back on track.

1. Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds make great home remedies for constipation. The oily composition of sesame seeds works to moisturize the intestines, which can help if dry stools are a problem and provide constipation relief. Add the seeds to cereals or salads for crunch, or pulverize them in a coffee grinder and sprinkle on food like a seasoning.

2. Mint or Ginger tea

Peppermint contains menthol, which has an antispasmodic effect that relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract. Ginger is a “warming” herb that causes the inside of the body to generate more heat; this can help speed up sluggish digestion.

Here is the recipe

3. Lemon water

The citric acid in lemon juice acts as a stimulant to your digestive system and can help flush toxins from your body, providing constipation relief. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a glass of water every morning, or add lemon to tea.

4. Cup of coffee

Caffeinated coffee can stimulate your gut in the same way that a meal can. Coffee may also contain small amounts of soluble fibers that help prevent constipation by improving the balance of your gut bacteria. Coffee is also a diuretic, however, so make sure to keep drinking water or your constipation could become worse.

5. Prune Juice and Prunes

Prunes are high in fiber and sorbitol, a carbohydrate the body digests slowly. As the fiber and sorbitol move along the intestines, they collect water which softens fecal matter. Start with an 8 oz glass of prune juice or 2-3 prunes.

6. Water

Staying hydrated facilitates digestion and supports muscle function. When the body receives enough water, the digestive system can process nutrients and move wastes along smoothly. Generally, you should divide your body weight in half, take that number and drink that many ounces of water.

7. Baking Soda and Warm Water

Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a quarter cup of warm water. Supposedly, this mixture should relieve pain and pressure associated with constipation, and the bicarbonate is believed to reduce the symptoms associated with heartburn. The faster you drink it up, the more effective it seems to be.

Anything else?

Constipation is an uncomfortable problem with a number of underlying causes.

If this is a problem for you, then you should definitely speak to your nutritionist to identify the potential cause and find an effective treatment protocol.

That being said, many of the natural home remedies in this article can also provide significant relief.

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar

8 Surprising Guilt-free Healthy Diabetes Snacks

No more Snacks! You are not allowed to eat sugar, salt or fat……

Ugh! You are depressed, bored by eating the tasteless foods. Other people around you are relishing delightful snacks, but you are eating the same blended food.

It’s your life, that’s not okay… at all! You will have to find the snacks which are healthy and diabetic friendly with good flavour too.

Maybe you have to prepare your snacks list…

Are you ready to for it ?

So let me tell you Healthy snacks for diabetics don’t have to be boring and flavourless. In fact, it’s a myth that diabetics have to eat restrictive diets filled only with highly specialized foods. Diabetics, like everyone else, just need to eat healthy foods low in fat, salt, and sugar.

To manage blood sugar levels, diabetics do need to be careful when it comes to carbohydrates, including starches and sugars. That’s why we’ve curated a list of nutrient-rich snacks that keep refined sugars and unhealthy carbohydrates to a minimum.

Choosing a smart snack requires more than watching out for fat, sodium, and calories. Carefully selected snacks can help you get more of the nutrients and food groups you may fall short on. A serving of each of our top 8 snacks meets the following nutrition criteria, which address the concerns of people with diabetes:

• 200 calories or less

• 30 grams of carbohydrate or less

• 240 milligrams of sodium or less

• 0 grams of trans fat

• Limited fat, saturated fat, and added sugars

• At least one nutritional plus, such as whole grains or vitamin C

Anyone, including non-diabetics, can use this list to achieve a vibrant and healthy snacking life.

1.Sweet potato toast

Sweet potatoes have a lower GI than white potatoes, as they release sugar more slowly and do not raise blood sugar as much. They are also a great source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C & potassium. sweet potato slices are crisped to perfection, top them with avocado, tahini, almond butter, mustard, or anything else you like.

2.Hard-boiled eggs

One large hard-boiled egg provides 6 grams of protein, which is helpful for diabetes because it keeps your blood sugar from rising too high after you eat . Hard-boiled egg or two for a snack on their own, or garnish them with a healthy topping like guacamole.

3.Yogurt with berries

An excellent diabetes-friendly snack, the antioxidants in berries may reduce inflammation and prevent damage to cells of the pancreas, also a great source of fiber. Yogurt is also known for its ability to lower blood sugar levels, due to the probiotics it contains.

4.Veggies and Hummus:

Hummus is a creamy spread made from chickpeas, provides lots of protein, with 3 grams per tablespoon. It tastes great when paired with raw veggies. Both vegetables and hummus are good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

This is my favourite homemade hummus recipe!

5.Sliced apples with nut butter:

Apples are rich in several nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium, while peanut butter provides significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese, all of which are known to help manage diabetes. Both apples and peanut butter are also very high in fiber.

6. Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is made by soaking chia seeds in milk until the mixture achieves a pudding-like consistency. It’s a healthy snack because chia seeds are rich in many nutrients that help stabilize blood sugar, including protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

How to make chia pudding:

7. Trail Mix

It is a snack made by combining nuts, seeds and dried fruit. A 1-ounce (28-gram) serving of trail mix provides almost 4 grams of protein, which makes it a filling snack that may promote blood sugar control in people with diabetes. It also provides some healthy fats and fiber from the nuts and seeds, which have been shown to help reduce blood sugar and insulin levels.

8.Cantaloupe with Creamy Cottage Cheese

The melon is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. Plus, the Low-fat and low-sodium cottage cheese add 7 g of protein to the snack and supplies a good source of calcium. Top 1 cup of cut-up melon with ¼ cup of low-fat cottage cheese.

Snacking often gets a bad rap. But if you are managing type 2 diabetes, including healthy snacks in your diet can be a great way to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range and energy levels high. They can also be a great weight-loss tool.

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar