Are potatos and beetroot harmful in a Diabetic diet?

Are potatos and beetroot harmful in a Diabetic diet?


Carbohydrate counting is very important in a diabetic diet where one needs to maintain their blood sugar levels. Most of these patients are asked to avoid potato and beetroot as it is assumed that these can increase the carbohydrate intake in the diet.

Firstly let me tell you what vegetable come under roots and tubers?

Root vegetables are carrots,parsnip,radish,turnip,beetroot etc and tuber vegetables are potato, sweet potato, tapioca, yam etc. Onions, garlic and leeks come under bulbs.

From the nutritional point of view, roots and bulbs have lesser carbohydrate or sugar content compared to tubers. For 100 grams, carbohydrate content of roots such as carrots contain 10.6g, beetroot contain 8.8g,radish 6.8g, turnip 6.2g but except for parsnip which contains 23g of carbohydrates.

All Tubers contain carbohydrates ranging from 20-30 grams.

Bulbs like onions contain 11 grams.

So it is quite safe to include roots and bulbs in your diet rather than tubers. Tubers too can be had occasionally on adjusting the carbohydrate content for the day.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

23 Replies to “Are potatos and beetroot harmful in a Diabetic diet?”

  1. Madam, can you give complete details about how to use Beetroot in Diabetic and BP Patients. This will be useful to all patients. As you are well educated we can get quality advice.

  2. Hi Sanjana

    Read your few articles on health and they are informative and keep up the good work for the community.

  3. Thank you madem for your clarification to include beetroot in my diet. I also learned about Roots, Bulbs and Tubers. Thank you very much

  4. Read ur article abt roots and bulbs and cubers.My doubts abt eating all root vegetables is cleared.Thanks.

  5. my wife is having diabetes ranging between 250n 300 randomly ,can she take carrot juice n pl give a diet plan so that she can live freely .which is the best medicine for her n she is fond of eating rice.can she eat rice.

    eagrly waiting for ur answer

  6. Mahipal,

    Rice is having more Carbs, so rice is not at all suggestable for Diabetic Patients. you can give your wife below diet:

    Bitter Gourd, Collard Greens, Brocoli, Avacados, Lettuce, Pomogranites.

    If she cant satisfy at all without taking Rice, then Brown Rice is suggestable(if mandatory only).

    Please avoid wheat(Chapathi)/white rice/basmati/any rice except Brown Rice is suggestable(if mandatory only).

  7. Medam,
    On 20-01-2012 my blood report is Fasting:120 & PP:150. I am taking Janumet 50/500
    Can you suggest me which are the foods I can take daily

  8. Could you please send me the list of foods shall be taken for diiabetic person on regular basis?

  9. hi can you please help i am 65 years old and diabetic and have gout and artheritis and suffur a lot of my knee and i dont know sometimes what to eat and feel lost please help me

  10. Dear Madam
    My mother is a patient of type 02 diabetes. Can she eat raw onion, garlic, neempata, chirota though she is taking medicines

  11. diabetic patient can eat beet root ..i suggest my grand ma take beetroot .she is sufferring from diabetics

  12. Dear Madam,

    My age is now 43 Yrs. Last week I went to the lab to check the blood sugar levels. the results are

    Fasting Blood Sugar is 124
    After taking Food is 185.

    My BMI is 25 and I am doing the exercise daily one hour. Now suggest me what type of precautions I should take in terms of DIET etc… to come down to the normal blood sugar levels?

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