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Curry and Diabetes - Is It Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on September 12, 2023
Medically reviewed by Igor Bussel Article author photo Igor Bussel


Curry powder is a spice blend primarily of ginger, garlic, and turmeric. Some blends may include garlic and cinnamon. We are going to find out how curry acts on blood glucose levels. 

Glycemic Index and Carbohydrates

The glycemic index value of curry powder equals 0, which is considered low GI.

However, curry powder has many carbs: 55.83g of carbs (53.2g is fiber) per 100g and 0.3g per serving (0.5g or 0.25 tablespoon). 

Since curry powder has a tiny amount of carbs, a high amount of fiber, and a low GI, its consumption will not raise blood sugar levels.

To find more glycemic index values for over 350 foods, visit our Glycemic index chart page.

Type-2 Diabetes

Research shows that curry powder has beneficial effects on blood glucose levels. 

One study (1) indicates curry powder may help stabilize blood sugar levels and make diabetes more manageable.

It benefits blood glucose levels due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which work against oxidative stress

Another study (2) showed that curry supplementation in alloxan-induced diabetic rats has significantly reduced blood glucose and increased total hemoglobin and glycosylated hemoglobin. It also prevented decreased body weight and reduced total cholesterol levels. 

According to extensive research (3), turmeric (an essential component of curry powder) may reduce developing obesity, a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetesatherosclerosis, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Turmeric exhibits activity against obesity through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms; it also may improve insulin sensitivity.


Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: September 12, 2023
Medically reviewed by Igor Bussel
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