How This Helps

This yummy Indian side dish is made with tofu which is a healthy alternative for people with a dairy allergy or vegan dieters. Tofu is rich in iron, calcium, protein but contains less fat and no cholesterol as opposed to Paneer. It ranks low on the glycemic index chart and hence prevents a spike in blood sugar levels. Capsicum, on the other hand, contains certain compounds that help in slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates, thereby reducing the chances of developing hyperglycemia


Ingredients

1/3 : :  cup: :  tofu: : 
1/8 : :  cup: :  yellow bell pepper: : 
1/8 : :  cup: :  onions,chopped: : 
1/2 : :  cup: :  tomoto puree: : 
1 : :  tablespoon: :  ginger garlic paste: : 
1 : :  teaspoon: :  dried fenugreek leaves (Kasuri methi): : 
1 : :  teaspoon: :  coriander powder: : 
1/4 : :  teaspoon: :  cumin powder: : 
1 : :  teaspoon: :  garam masala powder: : 
1 : :  teaspoon: :  chilli powder (optional): : 
1 : :  tablespoon: :  coconut cream: : 
1 : :  tablespoon: :  oil: : 

Instructions

This dish is typically made with Paneer ( cottage cheese) and is called Paneer Kadhai in India.
Directions: 
Heat oil in a skillet and add chopped onions.
Sauté till onions turn translucent and then add ginger garlic paste. Sauté for few seconds.
Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt mixed in a little water. Cook on a low flame till the water dries up completely.
Now add the tomato puree and continue cooking till the oil separates out from the masala.
Add the tofu in lieu of paneer ( cottage cheese) to the masala, mix well, cover and cook on a low flame till the water dries up.
Now add the coconut cream and continue cooking on a low flame for a minute.
Add capsicum, garam masala and a little water. Mix lightly and cook for another 5 minutes.
Serve hot with naan.

Kadhai Tofu in lieu of Paneer Kadhai is ready to be served.



Science and Research

1 serving of Kadhai Tofu with capsicum provides 108 calories, 5.5 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat. It also provides 1.5 grams of dietary fiber and 3 mg of iron. This dish is also rich in calcium and provides 122 mg of calcium per serving.

Scientists have found that capsicum contains a compound called as capsaicin, which has a hypoglycemic effect. It can decrease the blood sugar levels. Moreover, the capsicum decreases the digestion of carbohydrates and fats, thereby preventing a spike in blood glucose.

How tofu helps diabetes

"Diabetes now affects almost 24 million people in the United States," according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study. "This means that almost one in twelve individuals from the U.S. has diabetes." Diabetes is also a significant risk factor in heart disease and kidney disease.

Tofu is made of soybean curds. It is Naturally low and fermented in calories. It has no cholesterol and is a superb source of calcium and iron.


Diabetes and Tofu

Tofu is made by coagulating soymilk to make curds. The curds are then pressed and compacted to the gelatinous white cubes recognized as tofu. It's a significant source of protein, particularly for vegans and vegetarians. It also comprises isoflavones such as phytoestrogens. Isoflavones may have both estrogen-agonist or estrogen-antagonist properties. These can help protect against several cancers, heart disease, and osteoporosis. But, overconsumption may also pose some dangers.

A diet that comprises an assortment of plant-based foods seems to contribute to general health and wellbeing, and a lower risk of conditions like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. It can improve the hair and skin, boost energy, and help maintain a healthful weight.

Research has linked tofu, with its high levels of isoflavones, to a lower risk of several lifestyle-related ailments.

Insulin is a hormone required by our body to convert sugar, starches, and other food we eat into the energy needed for daily life. According to the ADA (American Diabetes Association), "Diabetes is a disease where the body doesn't produce enough insulin or use the insulin properly. "


Make soyfoods Part of A Diabetes Diet

Doctors recommend several ways to treat the symptoms of diabetes and help reduce your chances of developing diabetes. Appropriate exercise, weight loss, and a diabetes diet can help manage your diabetes. Soyfoods can do their part to help.


Diabetes Diet with Tofu (Soy)

Diabetes recipes can use many different soyfoods -- such as tofu, soy burgers, soy dairy-free choices, edamame, and soy nut butter to help maintain a healthy diet and reduce diabetes complications. The Diabetes Food Pyramid recommends 2-3 servings a day of low-fat milk. For people who avoid milk, soymilk is an exceptional option for individuals with diabetes that need a lower calorie supply of calcium and other essential nutrients. The Diabetes Food Pyramid also urges 4 to 6 ounces of meat (or substitutes) throughout the day. Tofu and soy milk alternatives are low-calorie tasty choices for this group. 


Lose weight with tofu (soy)

Soyfoods include a complete source of protein with all of the essential amino acids that come in animal protein, but with less fat, saturated fat, and no cholesterol. An evidence-based review demonstrates that soy protein is equivalent to other lean proteins in helping weight loss and maintaining lean body mass. Cholesterol free soyfoods are also a healthy option for your heart.


See: Ayurveda treatments to prevent and reverse Diabetes Mellitus

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