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Old 06-09-2006, 01:38 PM   #1
James M Nechleba
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recently i bought some dried organic unsulfured apricots and some dates. i was wondering what the consensus was for these guys; good? bad?
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Old 06-09-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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High glycemic, and therefore bad.
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Old 06-09-2006, 02:19 PM   #3
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Not optimal. However, they do fit within the constraints of the Paleo foods. Great in a pinch. Helpful if you need more carb blocks and don't have much room in your stomach left from all the veggies.

Make whole, normal veggies and fruits a priority on your chosen foods. Have dried fruits available to fill the gaps when necessary. I keep some at work, so when I forget my fresh fruits/veggies, I have something around (that doesn't go bad quickly).
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Old 06-09-2006, 02:37 PM   #4
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The only time I eat dried fruit is after a workout. Any other time and you are walking the fine line between good and bad.
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Old 06-09-2006, 05:28 PM   #5
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Just easy to over do. Great in a pinch.
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Old 06-09-2006, 07:42 PM   #6
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High glycemic, and therefore bad.

Dried apricots have a glycemic index of 31. That's a low glycemic index.
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Old 06-09-2006, 07:59 PM   #7
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And hence Rob's comment, which is a bit more accurate ;)
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Old 06-10-2006, 06:07 AM   #8
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Let's suppose that you eat 100g of dried apricots. You get an equivalent amount of insulin stimulating carbs by eating 17 whole apricots.

Glycemic index is not the culprit here, but glycemic load.

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http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/
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Old 06-10-2006, 07:02 AM   #9
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I still think that it's the possiblity of eating so many that's the culprit, as the glycemic load is actually quite low.

Food Name and Manufaturer: Apricots, dried Canada

GI (vs Glucose): 32 +/-

Serve Size: 60

Carb per Serve (g): 24.9

Glycemic Load: 8

Time Period of Test: 3h

Subjects Used in Test: Type 2

Reference: Wolever TMS, Vuksan V, Katzman Relle L, et al. Glycaemic index of fruits and fruit products in patients with diabetes. Int J Food Sci Nutr 1993; 43: 205-12.

From http://www.glycemicindex.com

Anything at 20 or above is considered high...at an 8, they are about the same as raw carrots.
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