Diabetics can now savour their favourite dessert, peda, a delicious dairy product, without hesitation. Scientists in the College of Dairy Science and Food Technology here have developed peda, a semi-soft sweet mass made of milk and flavorings, incorporated with extracts of aloe vera plant, which would help produce quality insulin in the body to regulate sugar in blood.
“The aloe vera juice incorporated peda developed by us will help regulate sugar in blood by regenerating Beta cells that contribute to secretion of insulin in the body. Diabetics need not fear for rise in their sugar level in the blood if they savour the aloe vera integrated ‘peda’ prepared in a traditional way of adding sugar with an intermediate milk product,” Professor S. Kartikeyan, who conceptualised the “diabetes peda” along with Ms Kirti Srikant, an M.Tech student of diary technology in the college, told this newspaper here on Sunday. Aloe vera has medicinal properties that treat numerous diseases.