5 Lowest Glycemic Fruits I Thought Were High!

5 lowest glycemic fruits caught me by surprise!

The 5 lowest glycemic fruits below surprised me, as I would have never considered them to be a low GI food.  I always thought that the lower a foods glycemic index is, the less it affects your blood sugar and insulin levels.

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Glycemic Index Verses Glycemic Load.

Well, did you know there is a difference between the glycemic index and the glycemic load of a food?

I sure didn’t!

I have always heard that a low glycemic food is good for you, and a high glycemic food is not. But that does not always hold true and sad to say, we miss out on a lot of fruits and veggies that are good for us.

How the Glycemic Load is Calculated.


It is true, that foods with a high glycemic index will increase your risk for diabetes and weight gain. But, what promotes “higher” insulin levels are foods with a high glycemic load.

The glycemic load is calculated by multiplying the glycemic index of a food by the amount of carbs in a 10 gram portion of that food. 

Let’s take boiled beets for example.

Boiled beets have a GI of 64. But their GL is only 6.3.
Verses shredded wheat which has a GI of 69 but their GL is 57.0!

Here’s an article that really helped me understand and the comparison chart blows me away!
>>>  Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load” of foods.

It’s always pays off to educate ourselves, because it enables us to walk in a greater level of freedom!

5 Lowest Glycemic Fruits

In the meantime, let’s look at the 5 lowest glycemic fruits and their glycemic load.

1/2 cup   |   glycemic Index (GI)    |    glycemic load (GL)

  1. Apricot, fresh (excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, & beta carotene) – 57 GI | 3 GL
  2. Grapefruit (high in vitamin C, A, fiber, & potassium) – 25 GI | 3 GL
  3. Lime (juice of 1 medium lime | great source vitamin C) – 1 (GL)
  4. Strawberry (excellent source of vitamin C & manganese) – 40 GI  |  1.5 GL
  5. Lemon (juice of 1 medium lemon | great source vitamin C) – 3GL

Note: a GL over 20 is considered high, while 11 – 19 is average and under 11 is considered low.

So enjoy your fruits like my Pink Cool-Aid made from grapefruits! Recipe HERE. But, just be aware of those processed foods that have a low GI but a high GL.

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