I have discovered the five lowest glycemic fruits!
The lower a foods glycemic index is, the less it affects your blood sugar and insulin levels. Correct? Well, read on!
We 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!
But, did you know there is a difference between the glycemic index and the glycemic load of a food?
I sure didn’t!
It’t true that a food with a high glycemic level 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 food.
Let’s take boiled beets for example.
Boiled beets have a GI of 64. But their GL is only 6.3!
VS. shredded wheat has a GI of 69 but the GL is 57!
Here’s an article that really helped me understand a lot better and goes into more detail! >>> Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load” of foods.
It’s good to educate ourselves because it enables us to walk in a greater level of freedom!
In the meantime let’s look at the 5 lowest glycemic fruits… glycemic load that is!
1/2 cup | glycemic Index (GI) | glycemic load (GL)
- Apricot, fresh (excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, & beta carotene) – 57 GI | 3 GL
- Grapefruit (high in vitamin C, A, fiber, & potassium) – 25 GI | 3 GL
- Lime (juice of 1 medium lime | great source vitamin C) – 1 (GL)
- Strawberry (excellent source of vitamin C & manganese) – 40 GI | 1.5 GL
- Lemon (juice of 1 medium lemon | great source vitamin C) – 3
Note: a GL over 20 is considered high while 11 – 19 is average and under 11 is considered low.