If you have diabetes and follow a diet which is low in carbs you probably have complications with making the proper fruit choices.
But knowing which are lower in sugar might help you choose a fruit which will fit best into your usual diet. According to the FDA, adults should consume 2 cups of fruit juice or fruit and also dried fruit but only half cup on a daily basis.
How much you consume might differ if you are limiting carbs in your usual diet because of diabetes or if you are following a particular low-carb diet.
The lists below of sugar found in fruits will make you understand better what is a smart choice when it comes to fruits.
Dried fruits such as dates, figs, raisins, prunes, and apricots are very high in sugar.
Winter fruits such as oranges, apples, and pears are moderate when it comes to sugars. In comparison to these fruits, the limes and lemons are low in sugar.
Apricots, melons, nectarines, and peaches are moderate in sugar.
Berries are fruits which are the lowest in sugar and highest in nutrients and antioxidants.
Lemon – 1.5 g of sugar in fruit and lime -1.1 g of sugar in fruit. You can squeeze lemon or lime on food, or converted them to juice.
Rhubarb – 1.3 g of sugar in one cup. Before you consume it check the label to see it is unsweetened.
Apricots – 3.2 g of sugar in apricot of small size. You can find fresh apricots in early summer and spring.
Cranberries – 4 g of sugar in cup. Naturally, they are low in sugar, but they might be sweetened when dried or used therefore you need to be careful.
Guavas – 4.9 g of sugar in fruit. Feel free to eat the rind of guavas as well.
Raspberries – 5 g of sugar in cup. You can find the frozen during the whole year of fresh in the summer.
Kiwifruit – 6 g of sugar in one kiwi. They add lovely color to every fruit salad.
Strawberries and blackberries – 7 g of sugar in one cup. Excellent choice for a fruit salad, snack or in dessert, smoothie, or even sauce.
Figs – 8 g of sugar in fig of medium size. You should only consume fresh figs. It is better to eat fresh than dried figs because they might have from 5 to 12 g of sugar in one fig.
Grapefruit – 8 g of sugar in half grapefruit. Grapefruit is great for any fruit salad.
Cantaloupes – 8 g of sugar in one big wedge. You can add them to a fruit salad or eat them by themselves. From all melons, the cantaloupes are the lowest in sugar.
Tangerines – 9 g of sugar in tangerine of medium size. Excellent choice for a snack.
Nectarines – 11.3 g of sugar in a small nectarine. Enjoy nectarines when ripe.
Papaya – 12 g of sugar in papaya of small size. The papayas are lower in sugar in comparison to the other fruits which are tropical.
Oranges – 12 g of sugar in orange of medium size. Oranges are an excellent choice as a healthy and refreshing snack.
Honeydew – 13 g of sugar in one wedge or around 14 g in cup of honeydew balls. This is a great addition to every fruit salad, or if you are a honeydew lover, you can consume by themselves.
Peaches – 13 g of sugar in peach of medium size. You can add them to sauces, desserts, and smoothies.
Cherries – 13 g of sugar in one cup. The fresh cherries are pleasure in the hot summer, however, make sure to watch the portions in case you are trying to limit on sugar.
Blueberries – 15 g of sugar in one cup. Blueberries are higher in sugar in comparison to other berries, but they are rich in nutrients.
Grapes – 15 g of sugar in one cup. Grapes are a refreshing snack. However, you need to limit portions in case you need to watch your sugar intake.
Pineapple – 16 g of sugar in one slice. This tropical fruit in comparison to others is higher in sugar.
Bananas – 17 g of sugar in one banana of large size. Bananas are a great addition to every fruit salad, and they are an easy to-go healthy snack. But they are also high in sugar.
Pears – 17 g of sugar in one pear of medium size. You should keep in mind that this winter fruit is actually high in sugar.
Watermelon – 18 g of sugar in one wedge. This refreshing snack comes with high sugar levels in comparison to other fruits.
Apples – 19 g of sugar in an apple of small size. Apples are easy to take for snacks and meals, but they have higher sugar levels in comparison to oranges or tangerines.
Pomegranates – 39 g of sugar in one pomegranate. This fruit contains a lot of sugar. However, if you limit your portion to only one ounce, there will be just five g of effective carbs.
Mangos – 46 g of sugar in one fruit. You should know that this fruit is abundant in sugar.
Prunes – 66 g of sugar in one cup – dried fruit high in sugar.
Raisins – 86 g of sugar in one cup – this dried fruit also comes with high sugar levels.
Dates – 93 g of sugar in one cup – the dates from all dried fruit have the highest sugar levels.
Make fruit choices according to your diet, and that is how you can make the best decisions. In case you have diabetes, it is best to consult a registered dietitian or your doctor to help you create an eating plan which will incorporate fruit appropriately.
Bear in mind that when you are limiting sugar, the best choice for a sweet craving is fruit as long as you watch on the portions.
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