Carb Counts for Rutabagas

Monday, September 5, 2011
Rutabagas are root vegetables that are closely related to turnips. They look similar to turnips on the outside, though they are generally larger. The flesh of most rutabagas is orangish-yellow, and they're a little sweeter than turnips. In North America, they're called rutabagas, but in other English-speaking countries, they're known as "swedes". Other names for rutabagas are: Swedish turnips, yellow turnips, neeps and even "tumshies" and "snaggers" in isolated areas.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Rutabagas

  • ? cup raw rutabaga cubes: 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 25 calories
  • 4 oz (? lb) raw rutabaga: 6 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 3 grams fiber and 40 calories

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Glycemic Index for Rutabagas

There is glycemic index study of rutabagas on record, which showed a glycemic index of 72.

More Information About the Glycemic Index

Glycemic Load of Rutabagas

  • ? cup raw rutabaga cubes: 2
  • 4 oz (? lb) raw rutabaga: 3

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Health Benefits of Rutabagas

Rutabagas are an excellent source of vitamin C, a very good source of fiber, and a good source of potassium, manganese, and thiamin.

More Information About Rutabagas at Calorie Count.

Low-Carb Recipe with Rutabagas


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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