Glycemic Index versus Glycemic Load: Carrots

What Is Glycemic Load

A large piece of carrot contains 7 g of carbohydrates, a relatively low amount. Therefore, despite having a high glycemic index, carrots have a lower glycemic load due its low carbohydrate content. As such, the food will not have a significant impact on your blood sugar level.

In comparison, a cup of broccoli contains 6 g of carbohydrates. These two vegetables do not have any added sugar. They are essentially equal in terms of the amount of carbohydrates, despite the fact that carrot is sweet and broccoli is not. Thus, it is safe to conclude that just like broccoli, carrots are also a healthy choice of food for diabetics.

The best thing about carrots is that you can cook them in so many ways. You can eat them as boiled or steamed and serve as a side along with your meals. They can also make for a great ingredient on stews and soups. Either way, carrots are definitely safe for diabetes patients to consume. They will not cause a spike in your blood sugar despite of their sweetness.


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