Can Diabetics Eat Carrots?



According to Diet Health Club, diabetes is a metabolic disease in which a person’s sugar level in the blood are high. It can be due to the body producing less insulin or when the cells no longer respond to the insulin that is produced by the body.

Watching your diet is the biggest part of managing diabetes, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up healthy snack like carrot. Carrot’s are beneficial to a diabetic’s health if you eat in reasonable portions. If you have diabetes what you eat can affect your blood sugar levels.

Modern diabetic diets do not restrict any specific foods. Chopped carrots have only 12 grams of carbohydrate per cup. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a precursor molecule that turn into vitamin A in your body. Having a higher number of beta-carotene has a protective effect in the diabetics. Though carrots are rich in natural sugar, they are also rich in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants.

Diabetics can eat raw carrot or steamed carrot as a snack. Cooking carrots will increase their glycemic index. The glycemic index measures how much the carbohydrate containing foods increase your blood sugar levels. Carrots are low in glycemic index. Glycemic load is a more accurate way of calculating the effect of food on blood sugar levels.  Glycemic load is the account of both glycemic index and the amount of carbohydrate in the food. Some foods may have a high glycemic index but small amount of carbohydrate. This makes them unlikely to have an impact on your blood sugar level. The glycemic load is calculated by multiplying the glycemic index by the grams of carbohydrates in the food and dividing by 100. The glycemic load of carrots ranges from 1 to 2 meaning they will have very less effect on our blood sugar levels. Diabetics should not eat too many carrots in one day.


  1. N Sri Naga Jyothi

    carrot regulates not only the sugar level but also it gives good eye sight. Do you ever notice !! whoever eat carrots regularly their skin glows in golden color and looks bright (the color changes)

  2. Vinaya

    I was not aware about this fact. I will begin eating a lot of carrot so that I have not have to eat foods that may get me diabetes.

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