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What are some low-glycemic index fruits and other foods?

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According to Web MD, most fruits (except bananas, grapes and watermelon) are low on the glycemic index. Additionally, oatmeal, peanuts, peas, carrots, kidney beans, hummus and skim milk are low-GI foods.

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The glycemic index scores foods on a scale of zero to 100 based on the degree to which they raise blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods score 55 or under on the scale, medium-GI foods come in between 56 and 69, and high-GI foods have a GI of 70 or higher. Bananas, grapes, raisins, spaghetti, ice cream and corn are all considered medium-GI foods, reports WebMD.

Many diabetics attempt to eat a low-GI diet to help control their blood sugar levels and diabetes. Individuals on the diet try to avoid high-GI foods, such as white rice, white bread, pretzels, potatoes, crackers and sugar beverages. WebMD cautions that just because a food is low on the index does not mean that it is healthy. For example, parsnips have a higher GI than vanilla cake. On the other hand, some high-GI foods offer a lot of nutrition. Experts recommend taking care when following any diet, including a low-GI diet. They also recommend being wary of any diet that recommends an extreme approach, such as eating a lot of meat or foods high in saturated fats.

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