Be like a kindergartner and share:

When given the choice between a banana and blueberries, I always recommend the blueberries. Why?

Some of you may be familiar with the glycemic index. If not, the glycemic index is a system that ranks foods based on their effect on our blood sugar levels.

So why is that important?

Eating fruits with higher glycemic levels makes it a lot more difficult for your body to burn stored fat. What?! So not all fruits are created equal?

Some of you may be thinking right now, but Jennie, its fruit! It’s got to be healthy, its natural sugar!

Despite it being natural sugar, let me break it down for you…

Fruits such as, bananas, dates, and pineapple have higher glycemic levels which causes our blood sugar levels to spike and leads to our pancreas releasing a huge amount of insulin so this sugar can be used as energy. High levels of insulin in the body make the fat burning process a lot more difficult.

On the other hand, low glycemic fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and grapefruit will not cause this blood sugar spike, therefore not causing our pancreas to release an insane amount of insulin and ultimately our bodies will burn that stubborn stored fat!

Now I’m not saying that it is forbidden to eat these high glycemic foods for all eternity. I would just say if you eat them, make sure to include some fiber, fat, or protein in the meal. These will slow down the absorption of fat and sugar, so you can easily turn a high glycemic meal into a low glycemic meal by adding some fiber. Also fiber allows you to stay full longer, and who wouldn’t want that? Fiber for everyone!

When trying to sustain your wellness, controlling your blood sugar plays a very important role in your health.

Sources:

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/glycemicindlist_3.htm

http://books.google.com/books?id=aTbzS5Z4nd8C&pg=PA51&lpg=PA51&dq=mark+hyman+high+glycemic+load&source=bl&ots=9FFr2PuD7F&sig=XJUYDa4kvRcqoZiOhmOm4dZtXBE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=greZU81D06LIBLytgMAF&ved=0CFIQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=mark%20hyman%20high%20glycemic%20load&f=false

 

 

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