Is eating corn is dangerous if you have diabetes?
People with diabetes can still eat corn. Corn is a starchy vegetable. So compared to non-starchy vegetables, like carrots or broccoli, corn is higher in carbohydrates and will raise blood glucose more quickly.
Other starchy vegetables include: potatoes, sweet potatoes, green peas, butternut squash, acorn squash, parsnip, plantain, and pumpkin.
Even people with diabetes need some carbohydrates in their diet. Instead of choosing less nutritious sources of carbohydrates (like chips, cake, cookies, or soda) choose nutrient-packed starchy vegetables like corn. Corn is low in total fat and has no saturated fat, sodium, or cholesterol. It is high in vitamin C and is also a source of fiber.
One-half cup of corn has about 15 grams of carbohydrate. A large cob of corn has about 15 grams of carbohydrate as well. You can still fit in starchy vegetables like corn into your diet if you want. Just be sure to control portion sizes and account for the carbs in your meal plan. When you prepare corn, try to avoid adding fat and salt. It already has a lot of natural flavor, but you can also season it with spices, pepper, or a small amount of trans-free margarine.
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