While skipping sugar completely is the latest thing, if you’re avoiding organic fruit because of it, you’re doing your body a disservice.
If you want to cut down on your sugar, there are still plenty of healthy fruits you could be enjoying.
Berries are a great low-sugar option. A cup of strawberries contains 7 grams of sugar, and provides more than the daily recommendation of vitamin C.
This fruit is a good option to sugar-filled snacks, but Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of Read it Before You Eat It, says to stick to the serving size. This is half of a grapefruit, which only contains 8 grams of sugar.
Yes, they’re a fruit, although they are often used in savory dishes. Avocados are low in sugar, and full of healthy fats and fiber. Half an avocado contains around 109 calories, 2 percent protein, and only 0.5 grams of sugar.
Raspberries might taste sweet, but they are surprisingly low in sugar. One cup contains only 5 grams, and they also have 8 grams of fiber, so they are likely to leave you feeling fuller for longer. Eating berry fruits like raspberries and blackberries may also boost brain health and help to prevent age-related memory loss.
Another score for the berries here! A single cup contains 7 grams of sugar, 8 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. 100 grams of blackberries only contains 43 calories, and they contain greater amounts of vitamins and minerals than blueberries.
If you are worried about how fruit juices may be affecting your blood sugar, don’t drink your fruit – eat it whole instead. A whole apple has a lower glycemic index than apple juice, says Dr. Taub-Dix. One medium whole apple has 19 grams of sugar, while apple juice has around 24 grams.
Peaches are sweet and juicy, but they only contain around 13 grams of sugar. They are also full of vitamin C, a known antioxidant, and contain around 1.4 grams of protein, and 2.3 grams of fiber.
As with apples, you are better off eating the orange rather than drinking its juice. A standard orange contains 12 grams of sugar, and more than the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. A cup of orange juice, though, has twice the amount of sugar, and only a third of the fiber.