Think diabetics can’t eat root vegetables? Think again!
Root vegetables have long been a cause for concern among many diabetic patients. It’s true that starchy tubers such as potatoes and taro are best avoided. Yet Mauritians unfairly denigrate other root vegetables, such as beetroot and carrots, which are in fact perfectly safe to eat.
A 100-gram potato contains approximately 17 grams of carbohydrates, the major food group of concern for people suffering from diabetes. In contrast, 100 grams of carrots provides only 5 grams of carbohydrates. This means that they have an almost insignificant impact on blood sugar levels, unless of course you eat an entire kilo of carrots in one go.
In fact, some root vegetables are good for those with diabetes. Carrots are packed with beta-carotene, a nutrient essential for good vision, while beetroot has been shown to benefit people suffering from hypertension.
When it comes to your diet, there is no one-size-fits-all rule for individuals suffering from diabetes. It’s all about balanced eating, moderation and the timing of meals. It’s best to spread out your carbohydrate consumption by eating smaller meals throughout the day. This helps to limit fluctuations in blood sugar levels, which by default lowers the risk of other health complications.