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Are Turnips Low on the Glycemic Food List?

author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
Are Turnips Low on the Glycemic Food List?
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If you're using the glycemic index as a guide to make better food choices, it takes some getting used to before you become familiar with the GI value of different foods. The GI measures how rapidly carbohydrate-containing foods cause your blood sugar to rise. If you have diabetes or follow a low-glycemic diet for weight loss, it's crucial to choose foods that help keep your blood sugar stable. Glycemic values range from 0 to 100, with high-glycemic foods ranking higher on the scale.

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Gylcemic Value for Turnips

Turnips are a highly nutritious root vegetable, and with a GI value of 62, they are considered moderately glycemic. The goal of the glycemic index is for you to choose foods with a low glycemic value most of the time, and eat foods with an intermediate value in moderation. Foods with a GI value of 70 and above are ranked as high glycemic, while foods with a value of 55 or below are low glycemic. Pairing turnips with a high-protein food will reduce the glycemic response.

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