Is Beetroot Good For Diabetes?

Is Beetroot Good For Diabetes?


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is
beetroot good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. I am going to say right up front that I am
not a beet fan. I have tried them, I personally don’t like
them. But I always put my bias aside when looking
at foods for others. That being said, let’s take a look at the
beetroot, or more commonly called the beet. The beetroot is the taproot portion of the
beet plant. Other than as a food, beets have use as a
food coloring and as a medicinal plant. Beetroot has been used as a treatment for
a variety of conditions for centuries. They have especially been seen to aid in illnesses
relating to digestion and the blood. Beets contain ALA (alpha-lipoic acid), a very
powerful antioxidant which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin
sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes. A 2011 study at the University of British
Columbia concluded that “Specifically in diabetes, it (ALA) prevents beta cell destruction,
enhances glucose uptake, and its antioxidant effects may be particularly useful in slowing
the development of diabetic complications such as diabetic neuropathy.” Another aspect of diabetes that needs to be
controlled is blood pressure. In 2013, The Journal of Nutrition conducted
a review of evidence from 16 trials, involving a total of 254 participants. These studies concluded that drinking beetroot
juice was linked with a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure levels. While the findings are encouraging, there
also needs to be more long term studies according to the review. So far so good. One of the main problems of diabetes, as we
have discussed before, is diabetic neuropathy which causes numbness and tingling in various
parts of the body, especially the extremities. Beets have the ability to help slow down the
damage as result of neuropathy. How about the beet from a nutritional standpoint? Beets are very low in cals with only 58 per
cup serving. They are very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. Beets are also a good source of Vitamin C,
Iron and Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. Beets have a medium GI at 64. But they have a low GL at 5.8
So, are beets good for diabetes? I say yes. The beneficial properties and low GI make
them a good addition to your plate. I hope this answered your question is beetroot
or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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