Melissa's Response:

Beets are a great source of fiber, which has been shown to improve blood sugars by slowing their absorption into the blood stream.  They are also loaded with other vitamins and minerals like folate, manganese, iron, potassium, and vitamin C.  One cup of beets contains roughly 45 calories, 10 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. You certainly can’t go wrong by including beets in your diet.

As you may be aware, your HbA1C, or glycated hemoglobin, provides a big picture view of blood sugar control over the past 2-3 months.  You’ll want to talk to your physician to determine your HbA1C goal, but it’s generally around 7 percent or less.  Your A1C is impacted by many things including diet, physical activity, medications and stress levels. It’s hard to say if beets by themselves will have an impact on your blood sugars over time since it’s more about your overall diet.  However, if you’re including more high-fiber foods like beets in your diet, it can certainly have a positive impact on blood sugars. You’ll also want to take medications as prescribed, include physical activity,and manage stress levels.


Melissa Hehmann, MS, RDN, CDE, ACE-CPT, RYT
Nutrition, Fitness, Diabetes, Health & Wellness Communication

Melissa is a nutrition and fitness communications professional with over 15 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in diabetes education, fitness and corporate wellness. Melissa doesn't just preach it, though. She walks the talk. Melissa lives a very active life as an avid runner and yoga junkie. Melissa believes a nutritious plate is a colorful one. If you need to find her, she'll likely be in the kitchen with her husband and toddler son whipping up simple, vibrant and tasty meals.

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