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Carb Information for Turnips

Turnip Carbs, Glycemic Index, Nutritional Information


Updated May 31, 2014

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Turnips are root vegetables that have less than a quarter of the carbohydrate of potatoes, and so are great choices for people who follow a low-carb diet. Turnips are members of the same plant family as cabbages, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. The strength of the flavor varies, but becomes milder with cooking.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Turnips

  • ½ cup raw turnip cubes: 3 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 18 calories

  • 1 medium turnip, a little over 4 oz (¼ lb): 6 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 34 calories

  • ½ cup cooked mashed turnip: 3.5 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 3 grams fiber and 25 calories

Compare the Carb Counts of Root Vegetables

Glycemic Index for Turnips

No studies of the glycemic index of turnips has been reported. There is one study of rutabagas, which are similar. The glycemic index for that study was 72.

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Glycemic Load of Turnips

  • ½ cup raw turnip cubes: 1

  • 1 medium turnip, a little over 4 oz (¼ lb): 2

  • ½ cup cooked mashed turnip: 1

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Health Benefits of Turnips

Turnips are an excellent source of vitamin C, a very good source of fiber, and a good source of potassium, manganese, calcium, and vitamin B6.

More Information About Turnips at Calorie Count.

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Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002).

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 21.

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