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

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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

  1. Sivaram April 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    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. Janak August 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    Hi Sanjana

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

  3. Sanjana - Dietitian August 18, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    Gee thanks, Janak

  4. Siva Ram August 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

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

  5. BELLA September 30, 2010 at 2:18 am #


  6. divyasarika January 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    diabetic patient can eat beet root ..i suggest my grand ma take beetroot .she is sufferring from diabetics anemia,& ulcer

  7. Kamala April 9, 2011 at 11:15 am #

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

  8. prakruthi November 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    can i know the glycemic index of all that good to have for diabetes

  9. aproop kumar December 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    thank u madam ur article is good

  10. mahipal shekhawat January 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    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

  11. vamshi January 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm #


    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).

  12. B M Kolki February 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    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

  13. seema February 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    thanx madam now i will start to give beetroot and carrot in a small portion to my husband and mom

  14. Suhas February 29, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Hi Sanjana,

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

  15. sanika.damushte March 26, 2012 at 11:15 am #

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

  16. viv November 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    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

  17. kanchan April 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    can u plz tell me is beatroot is harmful for the fat person having diabetes

  18. Arindam Mukherjee August 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

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

  19. Sanjana Shenoy August 7, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

    Dear Arindham, she can safely take those foods

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