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Old 12-12-2010, 05:54 AM   #1
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Beets - are they low carb?

I did a rash thing and decided to cook and eat a half a small beet with my dinner. It was a small organic one and I knew it had about 10g carbs minus about 2g fibre so figured it would be alright.....not so much. Thought I was coming down with the flu a few hours later

Lasted just a few hours but I am convinced it was the beet. Anyone else have this kind of experience with beets. At very least, I won't be missing them for a very long time...
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:18 AM   #2
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beets are almost pure sugar
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:22 AM   #3
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Yeah, all of the sugar you can buy here (in Denmark) is from sugar beets

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Old 12-12-2010, 06:23 AM   #4
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I guess I blew it then...I trusted my nutritional info site with the following info for 1/2 cup (85g)...

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories
37
Calories from Fat
1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
0.2g
0%
Saturated Fat
0.0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
65mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates
8.5g
3%
Dietary Fiber
1.7g
7%
Sugars
6.8g
Protein
1.4g
Vitamin A 1% • Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 1% • Iron 4%

Even though they 'appear' to be fairly low carb, my body's reaction tells me different. I am feeling all better except that I made that mistake. Just feeling kinda dumb.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:12 AM   #5
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I'm so sorry you felt sick but isn't it fabulous how much our bodies tell us? I think it is wonderful that you can eat something and you and your body are so in tune now that you know that it is not good for you.

Don't be hard on yourself - you thought you were eating something healthy and it just turned out that it wasn't right for you. You are doing fantastic.
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:21 AM   #6
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Thanks. I did think it was healthy and I use to love beets but you will notice that the love of beets is now in the past tense!! Nothing like a little aversion therapy!
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:29 AM   #7
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There are many places where more sugar is made from beets
than from sugar cane (which requires a tropical climate).
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:31 AM   #8
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There are many places where more sugar is made from beets
than from sugar cane (which requires a tropical climate).
I knew this and yet....
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:39 AM   #9
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Just as a comparison:

Glycemic index of...

cauliflower - 15
sweet potato - 54
beets - 64
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:41 AM   #10
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Just as a comparison:

Glycemic index of...

cauliflower - 15
sweet potato - 54
beets - 64
Wish I had checked this fact before I ate them . I had the other half and a whole and put them in the compost!
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:59 AM   #11
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I used to eat them a lot -- thinking they were "healthy" I'd pile cooked beets on top of my salad all the time. LOL

We live and learn.
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Old 12-12-2010, 10:02 AM   #12
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Oops. I've been eating beets too and didn't even think about it. Live and learn.
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thanks for the information! I passed over beets the other day at my local co op. The next night I had a dream about cooking and eating them (weird right? you would think I would dream about cake)
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:04 AM   #14
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thanks for the information! I passed over beets the other day at my local co op. The next night I had a dream about cooking and eating them (weird right? you would think I would dream about cake)
Apparently they are not that far removed from one another!!
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It's unfortunate how high carb they are as borscht is my favourite type of soup.
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It's just research, not dumb. It's a vegetable, for heaven's sake!

I mean NOW it might seem kind of like a no-brainer, but different varieties of a plant have different nutritional compositions. (Do I need to bring up hemp? haha) How were you to know that ordinary garden beets were so sugary, or whether it was just sugar beets?

How were you to know that your system would react to an organic ordinary beet as if it were a twinkie? A beet would seem to have a lot going for it, not processed, organic, fresh, et cetera.

Only one way to know. Try it. If we weren't relentless experimenters, none of us would be eating Dreamfields pasta, right?

I would have done the same thing as you, for sure. Of course, now that you've already done it, I think I'll avoid beets.

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Old 12-12-2010, 11:32 AM   #17
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I always loved beets (and beet greens) and still do and eat them and think they are healthy- yes, they are starchier, but that doesn't make them unhealthy- they add variety and have tons of nutrients and antioxidants.

Like all starchier foods, you have to experiment whether they suit you, but just because they are starchier and some people cannot handle eating them doesn't make them bad.

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Old 12-13-2010, 04:02 AM   #18
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Don't beet yourself up (pun intended LOL)

We've all done stuff like that. I don't like beets so it never occurred to me until DH mentioned something about them and I looked them up.
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Sorry you had to get sick to discover how your body reacts to beets. I find it interesting that even small amounts of beets can bring on carb cravings for me, while the same amount of strawberries are okay .
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:09 AM   #20
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Thanks for all your kinds words. I am still surprised by the 'violent objection' I had.
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