1

votes

High GI fruits and their effect on weight loss

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 17, 2011 at 8:44 AM

I am relatively new to the paleo diet, and nutrition in general, and am eating a a reasonably few carbs a day (trying to lose weight). But i still enjoy fruits as snacks. One of my favorite treats is the date, which has a GI of 100+. I only eat about one to three (dates) a day but am wondering if I should be avoiding them. What are your thoughts on the fruit consumption and their GI values?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on March 17, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Agree completely. Find a new favorite treat. You can have the dates again or use them very, very sparingly (only in cases where you feel your head will explode if you don't shove one down your throat.)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on March 17, 2011
at 12:27 PM

I'm of the opinion that diabetics should avoid fructose even more than a healthy person...For the same reasons :)

9d741bcbe702044635f2ce3078043054

(1435)

on March 17, 2011
at 12:00 PM

Well said. The fact that the GI ignores fructose makes the index useful to diabetics, but not really anyone else. In fact, for foods that don't have much fat, and are mostly carbs, I would posit that a high GI is better if you have insulin under control. A high GI means more of the carbs are directly converted to glucose, which for a healthy individual is superior to fructose.

  • 8522fa66aebaaa0f7b4e1adaca8f8df7

    asked by

    (5)
  • Views
    2.4K
  • Last Activity
    1427D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

2 Answers

best answer

4
4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on March 17, 2011
at 08:59 AM

GI Value is not a good measure.

Dates are high in fructose, which at the very least I highly recommend restricting while leaning out. After that its up to you how you look feel and perform with Fructose at varied doses.

GI Value is largely useless, as it ignores Fructose, as its a measure of Insulin.

Fructose does not spike insulin, as its heading straight for your liver to either become Liver Glycogen, or Fat. either way you have byproducts from that conversion which are less than desirable.

My recommendation, keep your diet tight till you are at your content level of leanness and then experiment with adding back in things like Nuts, Fruits, Tubers, and Dairy that some people stall out on.

9d741bcbe702044635f2ce3078043054

(1435)

on March 17, 2011
at 12:00 PM

Well said. The fact that the GI ignores fructose makes the index useful to diabetics, but not really anyone else. In fact, for foods that don't have much fat, and are mostly carbs, I would posit that a high GI is better if you have insulin under control. A high GI means more of the carbs are directly converted to glucose, which for a healthy individual is superior to fructose.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on March 17, 2011
at 12:27 PM

I'm of the opinion that diabetics should avoid fructose even more than a healthy person...For the same reasons :)

3
5f0158c23fcb5636e57b4ce097784da0

(1386)

on March 17, 2011
at 09:44 AM

fruits would be the first thing i'd cut out completely if i wanted to lose fat. even more so dried fruits, no matter the actual GI, GL or fructose content. even the sheer sweetness will increase your overall appetite. if you need a snack (and i think most do), go for dark chocolate (>=80%), carrots, macadamias, berries, etc.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on March 17, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Agree completely. Find a new favorite treat. You can have the dates again or use them very, very sparingly (only in cases where you feel your head will explode if you don't shove one down your throat.)

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!