Fruits And Vegetables Mythbusters
Some fruit and vegetables rank amongst the highest foods on the glycemic index (GI). Diabetics need to be aware of the glycemic
index and where foods fall on it. The glycemic index ranks foods
containing carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the
extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Glucose has
a GI value of 100. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly
digested and absorbed.
While many foods have an obviously high glycemic index, such as bread
and rice, some foods might surprise you especially some of your
favorite fruits and veggies.
might expect of the notoriously carb-rich food. But corn, which is a
vegetable, also has a high rank of 75, which, surprisingly, is the same
level as a white bagel, crackers, and Cheerios. Corn ranks even higher
than rice and a croissant. Thus, Diabetics should be aware that not all
fruit and veggies are necessarily good for their bodies.
carrots as the perfect snack; they are easy to pack for work, can be
combined with a variety of condiments for added flavor, and are loaded
with essential vitamins. However, Diabetics need to be careful about
the vegetable-carbohydrates that they put into their bodies.
Other common fruits and vegetables that have a high rank on the glycemic index include:
Baked potatoes (95)
French fries (80)
Common fruits and vegetables that have a moderate rank on the glycemic index include:
Sweet potatoes (55)
Green peas (45)
Black-eyed peas (40)
Many people believe that beans are loaded with sugar and
carbohydrates. However, when it comes to the glycemic index figures for
veggies, beans and lentils are amongst the lowest, ranging in rank from
40 to 0.
Green beans, lima beans, butter beans, chick peas, and pinto beans all have a glycemic index between 40 and 30
Soy beans and green vegetables have an index between 15 and 0
Other low-sugar fruits and veggies include:
Dried apricots (30)
Visit Glycemic Index.com to find the glycemic index value of foods not mentioned in this article.