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CCMB-IIRR Tie-up For Low GI Rice Samba Masuri

Published on November 22, 2017
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in association with the Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR) has come out with an Improved Samba Masuri (ISM).

  • The new Masuri is resistant to bacteria blight and also has a low Glycemic Index (GI) considered suitable for those with diabetes.
  • ISM has low GI of 50.99 which is among the lowest value for several rice varieties tested and usually in the range of 53 to 69
  • ISM also has desirable attributes like better yield and fine grain type enhancing market potential and profit for farmers
  • GI value of a food is determined by feeding 10 or more healthy people a portion of the food containing 50 grams of digestible (available) carbohydrate and then measuring the effect on their blood glucose levels over the next two hours.
  • The results are the prepared after extensive human trials by National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), a constituent of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),
  • Consumption of food with low GI results in slow release of glucose into the bloodstream reducing the ill-effects of diabetes.

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