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The 5 best low sugar fruits (and which ones to avoid!)

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on September 6, 2016

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Not everything on the fruit platter is created equal. While we’re massive fruit fans here at Natvia, some definitely have more sugar than others! We rank the best fruits for when you’re trying to cut down on the sweet stuff, and which ones might be best kept as a ‘sometimes’ fruit.

Of course, we’re not saying you should stop eating fruit completely! It’s full of good stuff, and it’s still an important part off a healthy diet.  You should also make sure you’re cutting down on food with added sugar, and drinks containing added sugars, before you tackle fruit.

  1. Berries
    Even though they taste super sweet, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are all very low in sugar – per half cup serve, strawberries have 4 grams of sugar, blackberries 3.5g and raspberries have just 3.
  1. Avocado
    Avo addicts, rejoice! It’s technically a fruit – and it’s definitely low sugar! An entire raw avocado contains just one gram of sugar.
  1. Lemons and limes
    So most of us are unlikely to chomp down on a lemon for an afternoon snack, but it’s good news if you’re using lemon slices to flavour your water. A whole lemon has about 2 teaspoons of sugar, while a lime has just one.
  1. Cranberries
    A cup of fresh cranberries has just 4 grams – or one teaspoon – of sugar. But this doesn’t mean you can grab a handful of dried ones instead! A cup of dried cranberries has about 18 teaspoons of sugar!
  1. Watermelon
    This summer favourite is refreshingly low in sugar – just 6 grams per 100g. The trick is limiting your portion size to make sure you don’t eat an entire watermelon half in one sitting, undoing all your good work of choosing a low-sugar fruit! Rockmelon, or cantaloupe, is also low in sugar.

So now you’ve stocked up on berries and watermelon, this whole no-sugar thing isn’t looking so bad! But which fruits aren’t so great when you’re watching your sugar intake? Mangos, cherries, grapes, figs and lychees all contain over 15 grams of sugar per cup. And the worst of the bunch? Dried fruit, like dates or dried apricots. Drying fruits concentrates the sugars, so you get far more than if you just ate the fresh fruit. Steer clear of fruit juices too, as they tend to be high in sugar and low in the good things that fruit gives you, like fibre.

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