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Top Root Crops for Diabetics

Posted on August 15, 2014 | No Comments on Top Root Crops for Diabetics

Root Crops serve as an ideal substitute for rice for Filipino diabetics because it is a safe source of carbohydrates compared to rice which can spike blood sugar vessels. Sweet potato, cassava, taro and yam locally known as kamote, kamoteng kahoy, gabi, and ube, are some of the starchy root crops found to have low glycemic index (GI).

Based on the study conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), all these starchy root crops are low GI foods because they have GI that is less than 55. However among the root crops with low GI, ube have the lowest (GI=39). This is followed by Cassava or kamoteng kahoy with a GI = 46. Kamote or sweet potato has a has a moderate GI of 50. While Taro or Gabi has a GI of 53.

A low glycemic index or GI means that it has a low impact on blood sugar which is especially important for diabetic patients. However, foods with low GI has been generally considered to be healthy foods which decrease the risk of acquiring cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, stroke, depression, chronic kidney disease, formation of gall stones, and cancers. They are also ideal for people reducing weight or maintaining a healthy figure.

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