Fruit, Fruit, Fruit!

Fruit is full of fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals which makes it a very important part of our daily diet. When it comes to fruit, some choices are definitely better than others. There’s a very wide variety of fruit that contains either large or small amounts of sugar (fructose), which makes this blog helpful for diabetics as well. Also, a fruit list can contain many different fruits, but all are not available in every season.

Fresh fruit is generally always a better choice than dried fruits and fruit juices due to the concentrated sugar amount. Also, prioritizing your fresh low-sugar fruit amounts can keep your sugar consumption in check.

A few different low-sugar fruits include:

  • Lemon
  • Rhubarb
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries

Next are fruits that are low-to-medium in sugar levels:

  • Strawberries
  • Casabe melon
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Honeydew melons
  • Apples
  • Guavas
  • Apricots
  • Grapefruit

Fruits with medium-to-high sugar:

  • Plums
  • Oranges
  • Kiwi
  • Pears
  • Pineapple

Fruits highest in sugar include:

  • Tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes
  • Pomegranates
  • Figs
  • Bananas
  • Dried fruit (raisins, prunes, dried apricots)

As awesome as it would be to have all the fruits any time of the year, it doesn’t work that way. But luckily, there’s a fruit available in every season. Below is a table to show which fruits are accessible in which season.

Fruit(s)

Season

Rhubarb Spring
Peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, melons Summer
Apples, pears, plums, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, figs Autumn
Citric fruit, cranberries, bilberries, pomegranate Winter

Also, remember to always stay away from fruit concentrates, which are packed full of diluted syrups and are not natural. Even if the juice claims to have “added vitamins and minerals” don’t let it fool you as it is not natural and will have a serious impact on your blood sugar level!

Fruit is an amazing thing with tons of vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals (some which have been shown in research to protect against disease). Please enjoy plenty of fruit but keep in mind which ones are high and low in sugar.

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