Rice varieties for diabetic patients identified

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The central government on Friday said it has identified three rice varieties with low glycemic index (GI) values which are considered suitable for diabetic patients.

“Indian Institute of Rice Research under the aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research has identified three rice varieties with low glycemic index values,” minister of state for agriculture, Sanjeev Kumar Balyan said in the Rajya Sabha.

According to the IIRR Hyderabad, Lalat (GIS.17), BPT 5204 (GIQ.42) and Sampada (GIQ) are considered suitable for diabetic patients, Balyan said.

Any variety of rice with glycemic index less than or equal to 55 is considered diabetic-friendly, he added.

“Presently, these varieties are under cultivation in different states of India.”

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