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Don’t toss aside good carbs

Published 11:35am Saturday, December 22, 2012

In other words, the glycemic index measures how fast a food increases your blood sugar, and the glycemic load measures the blood sugar raising power of foods per serving. Some fruits with a glycemic load of 19 or less include bananas, cantaloupe, oranges, peaches, watermelon and pears.

Beans in this category include chickpeas, black, kidney and soy beans, black-eyed peas and lentils. Vegetables include carrots, asparagus, green peas, spinach, cabbage, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Grains include brown ride, pumpernickel and whole wheat breads.

My advice is to consult a glycemic load chart, because there are other foods that fall into the 19 or less glycemic load category.

Fitness or nutrition question? Email me at or visit David Crocker of Landrum has been a nutritionist and master personal trainer for 26 years.

He served as strength director of the Spartanburg Y.M.C.A., head strength coach for the USC-Spartanburg baseball team, S.C. state champion girls gymnastic team, and Converse college equestrian team. He has also been a water safety consultant to the United States Marine Corp, lead trainer to L.H. Fields modeling agency and a teacher for four semesters at USC-Union. David was also a regular quest of the Pam Stone radio show.

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