Blood Sugar & Vegetables
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Christine is a Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
E-mail your questions to Christine at: nutrition@GlucoMenu.com
Q. Can you please tell me if tomatoes will cause an increase in blood
sugar levels? I know they are a fruit and have some carbs in them
but are they bad for me?
A. The American Diabetes Association actually lists tomatoes as a
vegetable. Per their Exchange Lists for Meal Planning booklet, 1 cup
raw tomato contains 5 grams carbohydrate and 25 calories.
A side note, tomatoes also contain a phytochemical called lycopene.
Lycopene may help to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and heart
Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director
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