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Carbohydrates are the best source of energy for body muscles. They are divided into two main types - simple and complex. Simple carbs are derived from naturally occurring sugars in fruits, while complex carbs are derived from the sources of starch, that are found in whole grains, and other plant-based foods. Along with energy, they also provide numerous beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Carbohydrates are stored in muscles in the form of sugar. This sugar is also called glycogen. Glycogen is burned as energy during all the physical activities, that we perform on a daily basis. People who want to lose weight are suggested to opt for low carbohydrate diet plan, and strenuous workout routines; but they get easily exhausted since they fall short of glycogen. Hence, it is very important for us to understand the importance of carbs, while planning the regular diet. We need to consume some amount of carbs on a regular basis, if healthy living is our aim. In short, one needs to include high carb fruits, vegetables, and grains in the daily diet, and then balance it out with a good workout routine. It is the best mode of a healthy weight loss.

List of High Carb Fruits

There is a rise in the number of various fad diets that guarantee you a quick weight loss. In the same extravaganza, there is a stream of thought which has proven that, a watchful high carb diet practiced with the selected foods from the low glycemic foods list, is a good way to lose weight. Along with being a source of energy, vegetables and fruits have numerous other health benefits. Carbohydrate-rich fruits and vegetables increase our digestive health, stabilize the blood cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels and also improve health of the central nervous system. A high carb diet is especially recommended for athletes and people who indulge in a relatively active lifestyle. However, it is important to remember that high carbohydrate meals with no exercise can lead to several health problems.
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Clementines
  • Cherries
  • Damsons
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapefruits
  • Grapes
  • Kiwifruits
  • Mangoes
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Pomegranates
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Satsumas
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelons
High carbohydrate fruits must be high in fiber and thermic effect, and low in glycemic index and energy density. It is important to avoid overeating these. Make sure you consume only 2 to 3 servings a day.

Fruits for Diabetics

Most of the time, it is advocated that people with diabetes should not consume fruits since they are sweet, and bear loads of sugar (carbohydrates), for instance - mango and chikoo (sapodilla). Well, according to studies, a diabetic person can consume one serving of about 15g carbohydrates a day. Fruits that can be safely consumed by diabetics include:
  • ½ banana, medium-sized
  • ½ cup mango, cubed
  • ¾ cup pineapple, cubed
  • ⅓ cup sapodilla (chikoo)
  • 1¼ cup strawberries
  • 1¼ cup watermelon, cubed
Apart from the above carbohydrate chart, make sure that you consume healthy vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and low fat dairy products. However, a diabetic diet must contain more low carb fruits, and less portions of the above mentioned high carb fruits. In short, you always need to consider the glycemic index of the foods, before consuming high carb vegetables and food products. It is also important to consult your regular dietitian, and then plan your diet accordingly.