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Mustard and Diabetes - Is It Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on May 01, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU


Mustard is a mixture of dried mustard seeds, water, and usually vinegar or other liquid. Here you will find the answer t the question, "is mustard good for diabetes, and may diabetic person consume it?".

Glycemic Index and Carbohydrates

Overall, in managing diabetes and blood glucose levels, low glycemic index and carbohydrate diets are recommended. According to research, there is a link between the number of carbs you consume and your blood sugar levels. Too many carbs, in particular, can cause blood glucose levels to rise, so carbs must be consumed in moderation.

Mustard contains a low level of carbs; 5,83g per 100g, and only 0.3g per serving (5g or 1tsp). The glycemic index of mustard is 32, which is considered low GI. Mustard falls into the "free" category for the person with type 2 diabetes. The "Free" category is foods with fewer than 20 calories and fewer than 5 grams of carbs per serving size.

Based on mustard's GI value and carb content, it will not raise blood sugar after consumption.

However, be mindful of the consumption of mustard because it can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain in high amounts.

You can visit the Glycemic index chart page for GI values of more than 350 foods.

Type-2 Diabetes

One study [1] shows that mustard extract can effectively lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients. This study compared the blood sugar-lowering effects of medication alone versus medication and mustard combination. As a result, it's probably safer to conclude that, while mustard can enhance the effects of blood sugar-lowering medications, it cannot replace them.

In summary, mustard is safe for diabetic people and will not raise blood glucose levels if consumed in moderation.


Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: May 01, 2022
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