Before We Begin…what is GI?
GI = Glycemic Index
Glycemic Index = a measure of how quickly a carbohydrate, once eaten, raises your blood sugar; a lower Glycemic Index is typically better as it means the carbohydrate will provide a more sustained or ‘time-released’ source of energy.
Now on to the low-glycemic carbs.
Not only do sweet potatoes taste great (at least most people think so), but they also have a rather low glycemic index (roughly 65 depending on the source, method of cooking, etc).
AND they are extremely rich in many nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, copper, and the list goes on.
Just about any time you see someone’s list of “Super Foods,” it’ll have sweet potatoes on it, and for good reason!
Pronounce keen wah, quinoa is another low GI (of about 50) source of carbs that has lots of nutrients.
If you’re wondering what quinoa tastes like…imagine if oats and rice had a baby…it’d be called quinoa.
Btw, it’s great for either breakfast or dinner. I guess we owe that to it’s hybrid nature.
Fruits sometimes get a bad wrap because they contain ‘fruit sugar.’ (More on this erroneous bad wrap later.)
When it comes to apples, who really cares that they have a few grams of sugar?! The reason we avoid sugar to begin with is because it spikes our blood glucose (blood sugar).
But apples have a GI of roughly 35, which is extremely low…meaning they do NOT spike your blood sugar, largely because they contain so much fiber.
For these reasons, and because they’re convenient and taste good, I’d highly recommend consuming apples on a regular basis.
Your friend in fitness,
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