Raw carrots Picture: Pexels/ @thiszun
Raw carrots Picture: Pexels/ @thiszun

How raw carrots could raise your blood sugar levels

By Viwe Ndongeni-Ntlebi Time of article published Apr 6, 2021

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BLOOD sugar, or glucose, is the amount of sugar in your blood. It comes from the food you eat. Your body needs it for energy, but too much can cause problems. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can lead to type 2 diabetes or worsen your disease.

Speaking on Quora, Endhistha Lafreshin explains that carrots can be a safe choice if you have diabetes and are watching your blood sugar levels. They’re also non-starchy vegetables. So you can even enjoy small amounts of carrots if you’re following the ketogenic, or keto, diet.

Glycemic Index

This measures by how much some foods raise your blood sugar levels. It runs on a scale of 1 to 100. A score of 100 means the food has the same effect on your body as eating a type of sugar called glucose.

The lower the glycemic index (GI), the slower your blood sugar rises. Raw carrots have a GI of 16. The GI for boiled carrots ranges from 32 to 49, which puts carrots in the low glycemic food group:

  • Low GI: 1-55
  • Medium GI: 56-69
  • High GI: 70 or higher

Lafreshin says the GI for any food will go up if you cook or prepare them with honey or other carbohydrates. Still, carrots are high in fibre, so that helps slow down how quickly they release sugar. They also have a lower GI than other root vegetables, such as potatoes.

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