Is Beets Good for Diabetes? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Beets are good for diabetes because they contain nitrates and they can help lower blood pressure and insulin resistance.

Diabetes is a condition that affects your blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.

In diabetes, your body cannot produce enough insulin or use it effectively.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and eye damage.

One of the key factors in managing diabetes is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood sugar levels, which can impact your diabetes symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage diabetes, you should consume beets rich foods like beetroot juice, beet salad, and beetroot soup and avoid processed foods rich in sugar, salt, and fat.

Now, beetroot juice is a natural source of nitrates, which are compounds that can help lower blood pressure and improve blood vessel function.

People usually drink beetroot juice as a healthy beverage or as a supplement to their diet.

Beetroot juice is good for diabetes because it contains nitrates and they can help reduce blood pressure and insulin resistance.

This can help prevent or delay diabetes complications, such as retinopathy, kidney disease, neuropathy, and cardiovascular disease.

(amount of beetroot juice can give you about 225 milliliters or a little less than a 1/2 cup1)

Nitrates can also help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, which are factors that contribute to diabetes risk.

Furthermore, beetroot juice is a vegetable juice and vegetable juices are good for diabetes because they are low in calories and high in fiber.

Fiber helps to regulate blood sugar levels and can help you feel full longer.

You can drink up to 225 milliliters of beetroot juice per day safely.

More than that can cause beetroot-induced hyperuricemia, which is a condition where uric acid levels in the blood increase due to excess nitrates.

That’s why I suggest you limit your beetroot juice intake to 225 milliliters per day to minimize the risk of hyperuricemia.

Stick to this amount to minimize the side effects with reasons.

Also, you shouldn’t eat processed foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat if you have diabetes to prevent complications.

Because these foods can raise your blood sugar levels and increase your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and eye damage.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing diabetes effectively.

I always recommend my diabetes patients to follow a diabetes-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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