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Is Gulkand good for Diabetes?

With about 70-100gm of added sugar, there’s no doubt Gulkand is a big no for diabetes patients.
But wait, let us give you a secret recipe to prepare and enjoy sugar-free Gulkand at home.

Diabetes is a health condition where the body is unable to use and maintain blood sugar levels. Thus, if you consume a sugar-packed food like Gulkand, your sugar levels will spike up and can lead to serious health problems.

Even if you are NOT diabetic, eating an excess calorie and sugar-filled Gulkand is definitely harmful.

Gulkand is prepared in summers to beat the heat including muscle pain, fatigue, heartburn, or a burning sensation in the palm. You can add it to summer drinks to enjoy its cooling effects.

Let’s explore if Gulkand safe for diabetes and what’s the sugar-free recipe you can try:

Please do have a look of our wide variety of products prepared using Gulkand and Rose:

Gulabo ~ Rose Preserve – Homemade Gulkand
Calcutta Paan~ Homemade Calcutta Style Dry Paan
Rose Thandai or Shardai Powder
Zero Sugar Thandai Powder
Kesar Pista Thandai Powder

What is Gulkand?

Gulkand is a nutrient-packed, sweet-flavored rose petal jam that’s prepared by mixing crushed petals, sugar, and fennel seeds. The mixture is left under sunlight for a few days before it can be eaten. It’s a popular delicacy in Indian homes for its peculiar sweet taste and some health benefits.

The sweet rose pickle or rose jam is being used in Ayurveda for centuries for its digestive benefits and cooling effect in summers.

As Gulkand is on the higher end of the glycemic index, it can put a diabetic’s body under stress. Furthermore, for non-diabetics, it is advisable to consume only a spoon of Gulkand in a day as it’s dense in sugar and calories.

Benefits of Gulkand

If you are non-diabetic and planning to add Gulkand to your diet, here are the benefits of Gulkand your body reaps:

1. Ensures Hydration

Gulkand jam is 80-90% water. Thus, it is super-hydrating for the body. As it is carb-rich food, it delivers instant energy to your body.

While rose petals are a good source of vitamin C, which is immune boosting.

2. Excellent Coolant

One of the best delicacies in summers, Gulkand helps keep your body cool. It’s a natural cure for sunburns, nose bleeds, dehydration, and burning sensations in the feet.

3. Rich in Fiber

Gulkand is high in fiber that gives you a feeling of satiety for longer. It also helps with quicker absorption of foods and aids digestion.

Gulkand is a natural cure for digestion issues such as indigestion, and heartburn. It helps reduce burning sensation in the chest, sore throat, and stomach ache.

4. Treats Constipation During Pregnancy

Women use Gulkand during pregnancy as it treats constipation. The high sugar content increases the production of intestinal juices that help soften the stool to ease constipation.

It’s a natural cure for constipation for kids and adults too.

5. Prevents Mouth Ulcers

Overeating or mindless eating can often lead to indigestion, heartburn, and, mouth ulcers. Gulkand proves to be an amazing coolant for mouth ulcers or other inflammations.

6. Improves Women’s Health

Women suffering from painful, unbearable menstrual cramps take Gulkand as it eases the pain.

Rose petals are a good source of carotene, copper, calcium, flavonoids, phenols, and antioxidants. These nutrients not only boost women’s health but help prevent several forms of cancers.

Please do have a look of our wide variety of products prepared using Gulkand and Rose:

Gulabo ~ Rose Preserve – Homemade Gulkand
Calcutta Paan~ Homemade Calcutta Style Dry Paan
Rose Thandai or Shardai Powder
Zero Sugar Thandai Powder
Kesar Pista Thandai Powder

Gulkand for Diabetes

How To Take Gulkand in Daily Diet?

It is recommended to take only one tablespoon of Gulkand a day as it’s high in sugar and calories. You can consume Gulkand either at night before sleep to get rid of burning feet. Ayurveda experts recommend its use between meals to treat heartburn, gastritis, and mouth ulcers.

How to Prepare Sugar-Free Gulkand for Diabetes?

To prepare sugar-free Gulkand, you need

  1. A cup of washed fresh rose petals
  2. 2 tablespoon honey or stevia (as per your preference)
  3. 2 tablespoons of fennel seeds

Take a clean transparent glass jar, crush the rose petals a little using fingers, and add it into the jar. Add honey and fennel seeds. Mix a little and place the jar under direct sunlight for 7-10 days to let the mixture blend in.

You can enjoy a teaspoon of sugar-free Gulkand every day (keep your blood sugar levels in check too).

Final Verdict

Gulkand is an organic, all-natural cure for some common health problems. But, it is not recommended for diabetic patients in general. Do try the recipe of sugar-free Gulkand for diabetes to reap the benefits of the nutrients of rose petals (while monitoring your sugar levels).


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Please do have a look of our wide variety of products prepared using Gulkand and Rose:

Gulabo ~ Rose Preserve – Homemade Gulkand
Calcutta Paan~ Homemade Calcutta Style Dry Paan
Rose Thandai or Shardai Powder
Zero Sugar Thandai Powder
Kesar Pista Thandai Powder

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