Curious about which fruits have the least sugar? And is fructose in fruit bad for you? Get the details about sugar found in fruit, plus a list of healthy low-sugar fruits.
to lose a few pounds? Or simply want to eat healthier? You might be afraid of fruit. But don't be!
Let's first get a few things straight. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons, or 25 grams, of added sugar daily and that men take in no more than 9 teaspoons, or 36 grams per day. While some fruits contain upward of 20 grams of sugar, these are naturally occurring sugars and not the added sugars (think granulated sugar, brown sugar, and even agave and honey) that can harm your health if you take in too much.
Because fruit does contain a good amount of carbs, I typically recommend pairing a banana, apple, or other fruit with a protein or healthy fat such as a Tablespoon or two of nuts. This helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Fruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can help you be healthier. They're also foods with no added sugar. So if you're a fruit skeptic, keep on reading to learn about the nutritional superpowers of berries and beyond. And find out if it really matters what fruits have the least sugar.
And just so you have it, here's a list of which fruits have the least sugar, by the cup!
- Raspberries: 5 grams
- Strawberries: 7 grams
- Watermelon: 9 grams
- Blackberries: 7 grams
- Wild blueberries: 10 grams
- Apple: 11 grams
Do Bananas Have Too Much
They're a staple in your fruit bowl. But if you're worried bananas aren't the best fit for your healthy eating plan, take a look at my Food Network article. I unravel all the nutritional details of the fruit, including its sugar content. Fun fact: Green bananas have different health benefits than their yellow counterparts! Love bananas like I do? Then you'll enjoy a smoothie with banana.
4 Major Reasons to Eat More
Not only are blueberries a colorful addition to any smoothie (ahem, blueberry peanut butter smoothie), they're also a nutritional powerhouse. Rich in antioxidants and important vitamins, the berries are a healthy addition to any diet. I reveal a few of the fruit's most significant health benefits in this LIVESTRONG.com article. Wondering about the sugar content of blueberries? A cup of conventional berries has 15 grams of sugar, while the same amount of wild blueberries has 10 grams of sugar.