Are Parsnips Keto Friendly?

Answer: Parsnips are not keto, as they contain an enormous amount of carbs.

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Parsnips are a root vegetable, close relatives of carrot and parsley. People eat them the same way they eat carrots — as raw vegetables or cooked as a side to complement another dish.

Each serving of parsnips (1 cup slices) contains 17.4 g of net carbs. Sadly, that's far too carb-heavy to fit the keto diet.

As a general rule, root vegetables rarely fit the keto diet. They're often too starchy, unlike leafy green veggies, which are mostly keto-friendly.


For a lower carb root vegetable, consider the radish. At only 2.1 g of net carbs per serving, radishes certainly leave parsnips in the dust.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 cup slices

Net carbs17.4 g
Fat0.4 g
Protein1.6 g
Total carbs23.9 g
Fiber6.5 g

Source: USDA

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