When you’re trying to lose weight the sugar in fruit can thwart your plans. It might be NATURAL, but it still contains sugar and calories so that doesn’t mean it can be considered a free-for-all. A good resource to use when selecting fruits is the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a way to measure how carbohydrates react in your blood. When you eat carbs, your blood sugar level rises anywhere from a little to a lot. The GI uses a scale of 0 to 100, with higher numbers given to foods that cause the most rapid rise in blood sugar.
So, when choosing fruit (and any other food for that matter), the lower the GI score, the better.
Source: Glycemic Index Foundation
LOW GI (55 and under)
Medium GI (56 to 69)
Apricots, fresh 57
Pineapple, fresh 66
High GI (70 AND ABOVE)
I would assume that other berries like raspberries and blueberries would fall somewhere near strawberries on the glycemic index. It’s also interesting to note that Shakeology came in at just 24 on the glycemic index. The only fruit that beats Shakeology is cherries! For more information check out this article: Shakeology and the Glycemic Index.