Fruits and vegetables are a crucial part of a healthy diet; but the truth is, some fruits contain an exorbitant amount of sugar. Of course, all fruit is better to snack on than a large order of fast food french fries or a triple decker ice cream cone, but the healthiest option is to choose raw vegetables or fruits low in sugar. Let us also note, sugar occurring naturally in fruits is better than diving your fork in to a sheet cake, no matter whose birthday it is in the office! To make it easy, we have complied a list of delicious fruits low in sugar content!
Blackberries - One cup of these plump beauties has about 7 grams of sugar.
Raspberries - One cup of these delicious berries has about 5 grams of sugar.
Strawberries - You can indulge in a cup of these lovely red berries guilt free with only 7 grams of sugar.
Blueberries - Treat yourself to 50 ripe blueberries containing only 7 grams of sugar.
Cranberries - One cup of these Thanksgiving staples has about 4 grams of sugar.
Avocado - An entire medium avocado has only about 1 gram of sugar. Pass the guacamole!
Cantaloupe - One large wedge of this melon contains only 8 grams of sugar.
Guava - Eat the whole guava, with only 4.5 grams of sugar; maybe eat two!
Okay, an easy rule to follow is; berries are fruits low in sugar. We try to eat berries every day as they provide antioxidants, are low in sugar, and taste pretty darn good! Try to work them into your diet through a breakfast berry parfait, or in a smoothie. Berries are also lovely additions to salads or are great on their own as a snack. Please refrain from cancelling out their low sugar status by dumping a spoonful of sugar on top!
Have yourself a little fiesta and add guacamole to your next meal! With avocados being one of the top fruits low in sugar, you can do it guilt free! We like to make guacamole with red onion, limes and jalapenos! If you are not feeling festive or don't have time to make guacamole, add plain avocado to omelets, wraps, sandwiches or salads! If you have seen our nutrition guide you know we are nuts about avocados and try to incorporate them into our meals as much as possible.
Another important point to make when talking about fruits low in sugar is that we are taking about fruit in the raw, unprocessed form. Yes cranberries are fruits low in sugar, but that does not mean you can happily eat a can of processed cranberry sauce that packs a huge sugar punch! Dried fruit is also very high in sugar, eat that in moderation. It's also best to stay away from processed sugar filled fruit juices. Do not be fooled by labels claiming to be "all natural" or having "no sugar added" the sugar content will speak for itself. If you are after a fruity drink, check out or post about detox water for some delicious low sugar ideas. It is also more beneficial to eat the entire fruit instead of drinking the juice because your body will get all the benefits of the fiber in the fruit.
Remember this list of fruits low in sugar when you are at the grocery store or farmers market. The fruit on this list will satisfy a sweet tooth without being a sugar burden to your body. What are your favorite fruits low in sugar and how do you incorporate them into your diet? Tell us in the comments below!
Hugs and Tea!