Glycemic Index :
- In 1981, Dr David Jenkins from the University of Toronto in Canada proposed the concept of Glycemic Index (GI) concept to classify carbohydrates qualitatively based on their glycemic response induced in the body. Glycemic Index (GI) provides “numeric physiologic classification of relevant carbohydrate foods” (Jenkins 2002). Glycemic Index relates to the rate of digestion and entry of glucose into the bloodstream.
India is a land of festivals, where people from different religions live in harmony. Food is an integral part of these festivals. Each festival has its own peculiar type of food and sweet that are prepared. These preparations are fat and sugar-laden, and hence, managing blood glucose levels becomes difficult
Paryushan is an important Jain festival celebrated in the month of August or September. Paryushan means “abiding, coming together”. The duration of Paryusan is for eight days for Swetambar jains and ten days for jains belonging to the Digambara sect.
During Paryushan, Jains observe a fast. The span of the fast can last from a day to 30 days or even more.
Jainism discourages fasting in diabetics, pregnant women, other patients taking medications. Before any fasting, consulting a doctor is recommended as fasting can interfere with health in aforementioned cases.
The seeds of Nigella sativa, commonly known as black seed or black cumin or kalonji, are used in herbal medicine all over the world for the treatment and prevention of a number of diseases and conditions that include asthma, diarrhoea and dyslipidaemia