Which fruits have a low glycemic index?

Stefanie Sacks, MS
Nutrition & Dietetics
If you're trying to lose weight, you want to focus on fruits that have a lower glycemic index, like berries and citrus fruits. In this video, culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks explains which fruits to avoid, as well as proper serving sizes.
There are not a lot of fruits with a low glycemic index. But here is a sampling: cherries-22, grapefruit-25, dried apricots-31, apples and pears-38, plums-39, peaches-42, oranges-44, kiwi-53, banana-54.

The website below is a great tool for becoming more familiar with the glycemic index of all foods. There is also a search page that contains a database that is quite extensive. http://www.glycemicindex.com/index.php 
Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics
Fruits with a low glycemic index -- below 40 on a scale of 0 to 100 -- don’t make the blood sugar rise rapidly. Diabetics should eat no more than three pieces of these fruits daily. These include apples, fresh apricots, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, nectarines, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, prunes, plums, fresh pears, fresh peaches, and pomegranates.

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