The Top 5 Lowest Glycemic Fruits!
Nobody likes a sugar crash! Low glycemic foods are foods that cause minor changes in blood sugar levels, and thus do not take us on an energy roller coaster.
Most of us would assume that fruit would cause a large change in blood sugar as fruit is high in sugar, but this is not the case. Due to how fruits are processed by the liver, their glucose is either stored as liver glycogen or released from the liver as fat, thus not increasing insulin levels and keeping our blood sugar levels relatively steady.
In the right quantity and at the right time of day, adding fruits to your diet can be beneficial in many ways. Fruit is low in calories and high in fiber, leaving you feeling full, all while containing nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are crucial to good health. In order to feel mentally and physically alert and ready to take on all the day has to offer, we need to consume a variety of natural foods, so what are five fruits that have a low GI? Let’s countdown five of my favorites.
Cantaloupe is high in potassium, B vitamins, vitamin K, magnesium and fiber. A surprising tip is to eat the seeds of the cantaloupe to get a dose of healthy omega-3s!
While we are often told to stay clear of excess fat in our diet, there are healthy fats that are crucial to maintaining our health. Avocados not only contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids but are also high in fiber and very low in sugar.
Grapefruit offers quite the nutritional punch. It is high in fiber, potassium, vitamin C and many other nutrients. It is known to be great for blood pressure and heart health, and has been shown to positively influence blood lipid levels.
Plums are also rich in many vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, iron and calcium. They are also a great aid for digestion, as known by the age-old trick of eating prunes to keep you regular.
Very low on the glycemic index and packed full of antioxidants, it is hard, if not impossible, to eat too many berries. Benefits include improved cardiovascular health, arthritis, high blood pressure and reduced risk of certain cancers. They also taste delicious!
So next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a variety of these low glycemic, delicious fruits and feel stable energy throughout the day while helping you consume the nutrition that you need to keep you and your family healthy.
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