Do you limit your intake of fruit to an apple a day, with an occasional banana? Then it’s time to learn about the best low-carbohydrate fruits that are low on the glycemic index scale as well. Eating these fruits help with weight loss because they’re filled with fiber to satisfy your hunger and keep your blood sugar steady to avoid those spikes and sags that can drain you of energy. They’re also based on research from the Diabetic Center at Everyday Health:
- Berry, berry good: The American Diabetes Association considers berries to be a superfood because they’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and are low-carb. Get diabetes-friendly recipes in “The American Diabetes Association Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook.”
- Cherry cheer: Low-carb cherries also are low on the glycemic index, and you can eat 12 for just 59 calories. For a delicious dessert or snack, mix plain yogurt with dried cherries, such as Traverse Bay Fruit Co. Dried Cherries.
- Peaches contain potassium and lots of fiber. When they’re not in season, try Dole Yellow Cling Diced Peaches in fruit juice.
- Apricots are high in vitamin A, and sweet enough to replace most desserts. Try chopped dried apricots mixed into cereal, such as Sun Maid California Apricots.
- High in fiber, pears are low on the GI scale. For lunch, try topping your cottage cheese with Native Forest Organic Bartlett Pear Halves.
- High in fiber, cranberries are popping with antioxidants. Seek brands sweetened with apple juice rather than sugar such as Eden Organic Dried Cranberries.