Perhaps Lord Vishnu has diabetes

  • Get News Alerts

Diabetes is a chronic disease associated with the reduction in the production of insulin or the absence of response of tissues to insulin. Nutritional management holds a major and indispensable role in the management of diabetes.

When taking about diet in relation to diabetes, whole grain is considered better than white rice. Among whole grain, oat is considered a good meal. "Even though it's [oat] a carbohydrate, it's a very good carbohydrate," American dietician and spokeswoman of the American Dietetic Association Marisa Moore tells WebMD, an online portal that publishes health related articles. Because it's high in soluble fiber, "it's slower to digest and it won't raise your blood sugar as much or as quickly. It's going to work better at controlling blood sugar over time." Oat is also useful for lowering blood lipids (bad fat).

In Hinduism, oat is used as a pious substance for worshipping different forms of Lord Vishnu. Hindus do not use akshyta (rice); rather, they use jau (oat) and til (sesame seed) to worship Lord Vishnu.

Surprisingly, sesame seed is also considered good for controlling diabetes. Actually a study was published in journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011, which showed that combining sesame oil with or without the diabetes drug glibenclamide significantly lowered blood glucose and blood lipids, and increased antioxidant levels in the blood. Other studies have shown that sesame contains component called lignin which causes reduction in bad fat (LDL) and causes increase in level of good fat (HDL). Sesame seed contains high levels of antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and glutathione. The seeds are especially high in copper, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. These are all essential nutrients required for good health.

Given the nutritional values of sesame seeds and oats in controlling diabetes, as well as their use in worshipping Vishnu while avoiding akshyta (rice) – carbohydrate-rich crop that diabetic patients are advised to consume very less or none at all –we could assume that Lord Vishnu perhaps has diabetes.

All our ancient teachings, morality, the notions of right and wrong and knowledge were positioned around religion. Hence, avoiding akshyata while worshipping Vishnu perhaps was a way of encoding message about the proper diet for diabetic patients. Even if not linked as advisable food for diabetic patients, jau and til both hold a high nutritive value. So, their use in worshipping Vishnu could also be a way of letting us know the superiority of these products over others.

Comments

Opinion

  • Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates

    Not all, but many of the temporary teachers who have been wishing to become permanent, no doubt, appointed on the basis of their political ideologies. They couldn't succeed in the examinations despite repeated attempts. They carried the bags of those parties during their teaching career.

    Manoj Sapkota

  • The Doklam dilemma The Doklam dilemma

    Being a buffer state between the two giant neighbors, Nepal should conduct its foreign policy vis-à-vis China and India in a very sensitive manner. Nepal has always maintained that it would not allow its soil to be used against any neighbor. At the same time, Nepal should make sure that its own national interests are never compromised.

    Gaurab Shumsher Thapa

Blog

  • To dogs, with love To dogs, with love

    Many find talking about basic animal rights stupid when no basic rights of people are guaranteed. However, there are still few people who are aware how humane behavior has turned toward cruelty and indifference which can be vividly seen through the way street dogs and other animals are abused around us.

    Sujita Shrestha

  • Unanswered questions on recent leftist alliance Unanswered questions on recent leftist alliance

    Although they seem to be very much communist while in opposition, whether about the 'Indian semi-colonial status' in Nepal or American hegemony, this has never been evident while they actually come into power and rule Nepal.

    Dr Chandra Sharma Poudyal

Readers Column

  • What we need to learn from Thailand?

    Thailand is a developing country. But it seemed like a developed country at first sight. It is hard to believe that Thailand is a developing country. There are big buildings, and clean and broad roads. The city is clean with no trace of pollution.

  • Traffic Police in Kathmandu

    As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.

Popular

Recommended

Suchanapati