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Most of us would assume that fruits are a high glycemic carb because they’re so sweet. The simple thing is, fruit is metabolized differently. In this video, I want to explain what the five lowest glycemic fruits are that you can eat. Especially as we’re getting into summertime you’re going to want to start eating a little bit more of that fresh fruit. The number five low glycemic fruit is cantaloupe melon. Now, melons in general are pretty low glycemic but cantaloupe takes the cake. It’s also exceptionally high in vitamin K which is necessary in order to absorb vitamin D, so it also has some crucial minerals to it.
Now, here’s an extra little bonus when it comes to cantaloupe. If you eat the cantaloupe seeds which, mind you, don’t taste all that amazing, they are an extremely jam packed source of omega fatty acids. Not only are you getting the low glycemic fructose of the cantaloupe but you’re also getting the same effect that you might get from, say, fish oil pills.
Now number four, you probably didn’t even think this one was a fruit, and that’s avocados. You see, avocados technically are a fruit and they do have a glycemic load which means they are going to raise your blood sugar a little bit but they’re such a high source of omega 3’s and such a high source of healthy fats it slows the breakdown of those carbs. Now, number three is going to be our friend, grapefruit.
Grapefruits aren’t always the sweetest fruit in the world but they’re definitely beneficial when it comes to your health. The reason is, is because they are shown to lower blood lipid levels, they’re shown to lower cholesterol. In addition to being a great source of B vitamins they’re also going to help you reduce the levels of fat in your bloodstream, they’re going to help you lower those levels of cholesterol so you can get on to living a healthier life.
Now, the number two low glycemic fruits is one of my personal favorites and that is a plum. The reason that they’re so low glycemic is because of the effect they have on the digestive system. You see, they’re a little bit slower to digest and they’re also high in fiber, hence the old eating prunes to help digestion kind of thing. Prunes are just dried plums. You all know how big I am when it comes to healthy digestion so if you can eat a few plums you’re getting that low glycemic effect, that low level of sugar, but you’re also getting enough fiber that’s going to slow the absorption of that sugar so you don’t have the quick surge of it affecting your body and convincing your liver to store it as fat.
The number one low glycemic fruit is a strawberry. If you ever look at a packet of strawberries or you ever look at the nutrition facts on a strawberry you’ll find that it takes quite a few strawberries even to get yourself to, say, 10 or 15 grams of carbs. In addition to being low in terms of overall carbs, the actual glycemic load of those carbs is exceptionally low. If you’re going to indulge I definitely recommend hitting up the berries, adding them to your pre-workout meal, and getting the benefit of not only a low glycemic carb but also some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. See you in the next video.