Rutabagas contain fewer carbohydrates than potatoes.
Following a low-carb diet that is high in vegetables may help lower your risk for heart disease, as well as benefit your overall health. Learning which vegetables are lowest in carbs can help you get more vegetables while on this diet without going over your daily limit for carbs. Although both potatoes and rutabagas are nutritious, rutabagas may be easier to fit into your low-carb diet.
Calories and Carbohydrates
Rutabagas are lower in both calories and carbs, making them the better option if you are trying to lose weight on a low-carb diet. A 1-cup serving of boiled cubed rutabaga contains only 51 calories and 12 grams of carbohydrates, including 3.1 grams of fiber, making the net carbs 9 grams. The same amount of boiled potatoes contains 136 calories and 31 grams of carbohydrates, including 3 grams of fiber, which means 28.8 grams net carbs.
If you're restricting the amount of calories you consume, it can be hard to get all of the vitamins and minerals you need, especially if you are also limiting your carbs. Choosing the most nutrient-rich vegetables can help you meet your recommended intake of essential nutrients. Each 1-cup serving of boiled potatoes provides 17 percent of the daily value for potassium, 34 percent of the DV for vitamin C, 11 percent of the DV for each thiamine and niacin and 23 percent of the DV for vitamin B-6. The same amount of rutabaga contains 10 percent of the DV for potassium and 53 percent of the DV for vitamin C, but only small amounts of the other essential nutrients, making potatoes the more nutrient-rich option.
Rutabagas belong to the same vegetable family as cabbage, cauliflower and turnips. As with potatoes, you can use them in a wide variety of dishes. You can mash them, add them to soups or stews, bake or fry them. Unless you are making soup, you may want to avoid boiling your potatoes or rutabagas, since you'll lose more nutrients with this cooking method than with baking.
If you like the slightly stronger taste of rutabagas, you can substitute them for potatoes in recipes since they have a similar starchy feel in your mouth, but they need a longer cooking time. Another option is to use a mix of potato and rutabaga to get the benefits of both vegetables, meaning the higher micronutrient content of the potato and the lower carb content of the rutabaga.