Telangana grows golden rice that is suitable for the diabetic diet, gentle for the heart

HYDERABAD: Diabetics are generally told to avoid consuming large amounts of rice since it is rich in carbohydrates. But a new variety of rice developed and cultivated by Professor Jayashankar Agriculture University can not only help reduce blood glucose, but can also help fight cardiovascular disease.

According to the researchers, the new variety, Telangana Sona, has only 51.6% glucose compared to other varieties that have between 55% and 62% glucose. Another important finding about this variety is that it has fewer carbohydrates than even millet, according to the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Secunderabad.

An article about Sona has now been published in a recent issue of the renowned American Journal of Food Nutrition as a useful variety with low glycemic index (GI). Researchers say the variety is effective in reducing type 2 diabetes.

In conclusion, it can be reported from the study that rice with low GI RNR 15048 may be a useful therapeutic diet that helps reduce blood glucose and raise plasma HDL cholesterol levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, the document notes. Foods with low GI release glucose slowly and constantly. GI-rich foods release glucose quickly.

Sona was developed by the university three years ago along with another variety that bears the name of Bathukamma, the floral festival of Telangana held during Dasara. “Since then, we have been promoting this variety. A few Lakh hectares in Telangana have become Sona crops, Professor Pravin Rao, vice chancellor of the university, told TOI. I can say that this is the most authentic for diabetics developed in the country.

Officials say the variety is also farmer friendly, as it provides a yield in a very short time compared to other varieties. Farmers can expect the yield within 120 to 130 days.