Fruits are a carbohydrate and a great source of vitamins, sugar and fibre. Specifically the main sugar in fruit is called ‘fructose’ but there is varying levels of another sugar called glucose too. One thing you should be aware of when it comes to all carbohydrates is their glycemic response. This is the process of how fast you convert all the carbohydrates you eat into sugar. And the way we measure this is through the glycemic index (GI).
Carbohydrate generally is an essential part of our diets, but not all carb foods are created equal. The glycemic index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore usually, insulin levels. This is great if you want to lose weight.
Here are the best choices of low-glycemic fruits to help you stay lean and healthy: