Can one eat peas, corn, carrots and beans if they have diabetes?
Yes! You can still eat all types of vegetables, even if you have diabetes. There are two “classes” of vegetables that you need to know about when you have diabetes: starchy vegetables and non-starchy vegetables.
Starchy vegetables are higher in carbohydrate and they will raise blood glucose much faster than non-starchy vegetables. Starchy vegetables are still healthy choices and give you important nutrients, you just have to watch portion sizes and work them into your meal plan.
You can eat more non-starchy vegetables for less calories and carbohydrates. On average, ½ cup of cooked or 1 cup of raw non-starchy veggies contains about 5 grams of carbohydrate. For salad greens it is much less and for some like tomatoes, it is more.
The vegetables you asked about fall into the following categories:
- Green peas are a starchy vegetable.
- Corn is a starchy vegetable.
- Carrots are a non-starchy vegetable.
- Beans are a starchy food.
Regardless of the category they fall in, all of these foods are nutritious. They are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
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