Carbs in Parsnips

Parsnip Carbs, Calories, Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load

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Parsnips are a root vegetable related to the carrot. However, they have more than twice the carbohydrate of carrots, and the glycemic index of parsnips is higher than almost any other food -- almost as high as glucose.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Parsnips

  • 1 medium parsnip, (9" long; and about 5.5 oz.) cooked: 21 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 6 grams fiber and 114 calories
  • ½ cup sliced raw parsnips: 9 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 3 grams fiber and 50 calories
  • ¼ lb (4 oz) raw parsnips: 15 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 6 grams fiber and 84 calories

Glycemic Index for Parsnips

One study of the glycemic index of parsnips produced an average score of 97 (glucose is 100).

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Glycemic Load of Parsnips

  • 1 medium parsnip (9" long; and about 5.5 oz.), cooked: 10
  • ½ cup sliced raw parsnips::5
  • ¼ lb (4 oz) raw parsnips: 7

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Health Benefits of Parsnips

Parsnips are a very good source of fiber and vitamin C and a good source of manganese, folate, and potassium.

More Information About Parsnips 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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