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.

About Sanjana Shenoy

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.

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23 Responses to Are potatos and beetroot harmful in a Diabetic diet?

  1. veena August 31, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    beetroot can eat diabets paitents

  2. sk December 6, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    how are beetroots suitable for diabetic persons

  3. Ch. Janardhana Rao April 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    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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