Is eating carrot good for diabetes? Carrot and Diabetes

Carrots are not just for bunnies, right? These orange colored roots which are rich in carotene may have something for diabetics too. What do you think, carrot and diabetes?

“Keep calm and CARROT ON”

Nutrition

Table showing nutritional facts of 100g carrots

Calories41
Glycemic index71
Saturated fats0g
Carbohydrates9.6g (4.7g sugar & 2.8g fibers)3% (9% & 11%)
Proteins0.9g2%

Glycemic index and Glycemic load (Carrot and Diabetes)

The glycemic index of carrot is in high range with the value of 71 which is not good for diabetics. With this value of GI, the glycemic load for 100g carrots stands at 71*9.6/100 = 6.8 which is under the low range.

Thus, while eating carrots, one has to worry about the rapidity with which the blood glucose will rise as carrots have higher GI value. Therefore, it is a good idea to consume carrots along with other salad items such as green leafy vegetables. These will help to control the effects of high GI due to their high fiber content.

100g of carrots shall be sufficient enough to control the blood glucose levels. More than 100g of carrots is not recommended.

Read: CAN DIABETIC EAT TAMARIND? TAMARIND AND DIABETES

Micronutrients

Vitamin A 334% of RDA | The role of vitamin A in type 2 diabetes is still under review. However, there are 3 possible mechanisms by which vitamin A can be beneficial. These include its antioxidant property, its property to lower insulin resistance and thirdly, its ability to mediate insulin release.

Vitamin K 16% of RDA |Vitamin K (specifically K2) has been scientifically proved to improve the insulin sensitivity through three of its attributes namely the protein osteocalcin, it’s anti-inflammatory effects and the lipid-lowering properties. (R)

Vitamin C 10% of RDA | An experimental study suggests that vitamin C supplementation of 1000mg per day for 6 weeks can cause reduction in blood sugar and lipid levels along with insulin. However, the supplemental dose is almost 17 times the RDA, but increasing the dietary vitamin C intake can help reduce the supplemental dose.Also, as you can see, vitamin C will also help to prevent dyslipidemia which is commonly seen among diabetics.

Potassium 9% of RDA | Potassium itself has no role to play directly on diabetes parameters. However, diabetics who have kidney disease need to regulate potassium intake to avoid too much or too less of potassium in the body.

Manganese 7% of RDA | Manganese, being involved in glucose metabolism, can help in reducing the post-meal spikes in blood glucose if consumed during meal times. The intake of magnesium should be limited to recommended daily allowance to avoid its toxicity. (R)

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