Fruits are loaded with nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, fiber and antioxidants, making them an important part of your diet. While fruit is always a healthy choice (especially when you’re craving something sweet), some fruits affect your blood sugar more than others. This effect is measured by the glycemic index. Fruits with a high glycemic index like bananas, melon, and raisins can cause your blood sugar to spike, making it more difficult to control hunger and cravings. Fruits lower on the glycemic index cause your blood sugar to rise more slowly and steadily. Keep in mind that all fruits provide beneficial nutrients, but these fruits that are lower on the glycemic index are your best bets for everyday eating.
In addition to having a low glycemic index, cherries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Fresh cherries can be tough to find outside of their summer growing season, so check the frozen aisle for cherries year-round.
Grapefruit is an excellent choice for every day. One serving (half a grapefruit) contains over 100 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
Prunes and Dried Apricots
Prunes and dried apricots are some of the best choices when it comes to dried fruits. They are high in fiber, which aids in digestion and keeps your blood sugar from spiking.
Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are packed with antioxidants and fiber. While you can often find fresh berries in the grocery store year-round, frozen berries are a delicious alternative and are just as high in beneficial nutrients.
Whether sliced over a salad or eaten whole as a snack, pears are a good choice for avoiding a spike in blood sugar. For a healthy dessert, cut pears in half and bake in the oven with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Apples make a perfect snack when you’re craving something crunchy. Keep things interesting by trying new varieties, like Pink Lady or Braeburn.
Like grapefruit, oranges are high in vitamin C and fiber. Oranges and other citrus fruits are a great choice in the winter months when they’re in-season.
Grapes are particularly high in fiber, most of which is found in their skin. Measure out a one-cup serving rather than munching straight from the bunch to keep portions in check.
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