List of Low GI Carbs to Add to Your Diet

low glycemic carbs
low GI carbs

Low glycemic carbohydrates are those that have a minimal impact on blood sugar levels. They are digested and absorbed more slowly, leading to a gradual rise in blood sugar and insulin levels. Including low glycemic carbs in your diet can be particularly beneficial for managing diabetes, maintaining healthy weight, and improving overall health. Here are some of the best low glycemic carbohydrate options:

Whole Grains

  1. Whole Wheat or Stone-Ground Whole Grain Bread: More fiber and nutrients than white bread.
  2. Rolled or Steel-Cut Oats: Lower GI than instant varieties.
  3. Brown Rice: A whole-grain alternative to white rice. (while basmati rice is OK!)
  4. Barley: Versatile and nutritious.
  5. Bulgur Wheat: Used in Middle Eastern cuisine.
  6. Whole Grain Pasta: More fiber and nutrients than regular pasta.
  7. Lentil pasta and Chickpea pasta
  8. Quinoa: A nutrient-rich seed that cooks like a grain.


  1. Lentils: Various types, including brown, green, and red. (includes lentil pasta!)
  2. Chickpeas: Great for salads, soups, and hummus. (includes chickpea rice and pasta!)
  3. Black Beans, Kidney Beans, and other Beans: Versatile for many dishes.
  4. Edamame: Young soybeans, often served in the pod.


  1. Apples and Pears: Especially when eaten with the skin.
  2. Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
  3. Cherries: Low GI and delicious.
  4. Oranges and Plums: Nutrient-rich and fibrous.
  5. Grapes: Opt for whole grapes over juice.


  1. Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and other salad greens.
  2. Cruciferous Vegetables: Such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
  3. Carrots: Lower GI when eaten raw.
  4. Eggplant and Zucchini: Ideal for low-carb dishes.
  5. Bell Peppers: Sweet and crunchy.

Dairy and Dairy Alternatives

  1. Milk: Especially low-fat or whole milk.
  2. Yogurt: Plain, without added sugars.
  3. Cheese: Minimal impact on blood sugar.
  4. Unsweetened Almond Milk: A low-carb, low-GI alternative.

Nuts and Seeds

  1. Almonds, Walnuts, and Peanuts: Great for snacking.
  2. Chia Seeds and Flaxseeds: High in omega-3 and fiber.


  1. Sweet Potatoes: Lower GI compared to white potatoes.
  2. Squash: Like butternut and acorn, lower in carbs.

Incorporating these low glycemic carbs into your diet can help stabilize blood sugar levels, provide sustained energy, and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Always remember that portion size and cooking methods can affect the glycemic index of foods. Combining these carbs with healthy fats and proteins can further help in stabilizing blood sugar levels.

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