Archive | December 20, 2010

Carrots and Peas

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Is it ok to eat peas & carrots if you have diabetes? I heard to avoid those two veggies.

Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals. There are two main types of vegetables: starchy and non-starchy. Starchy vegetables include: potatoes, corn and peas and contain more carbohydrate.   Consider this when counting your carbohydrates.

Non-starchy vegetables include: green beans, carrots, broccoli, artichoke, asparagus, bean sprouts, cauliflower, celery, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cucumber, egg plants, mushrooms, leeks, okra, onions, peppers, radishes, squash and tomatoes.  Generally non-starchy vegetables contain 5 grams of carbohydrate in one serving.  Non-starchy vegetables are low in calories and have very little impact on your blood glucose.

Try to eat at least 3-5 servings of vegetables a day. A serving of vegetable is:

  • 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables or vegetable juice
  • 1 cup of raw vegetables

Enjoy the colorful variety of vegetables!