It is a fact that all fruits are good for human consumption. It is also a statement of truth that all fruits contain different sugar content. This makes it crucial for anyone, looking to control his sugar intake to be selective in the choice of fruits he/she eats.
Of course, fruit is a healthful way to build our health system and add nutrients to the diet, but some fruit, such as bananas and mangoes, have a higher amount of sugar than many others which makes it dangerous for any diabetes patient.
This was why nutrition experts from Medical News Today compiled a list of best low-sugar fruits for anyone looking to reduce his/her daily sugar intake without compromising on taste and nutrition.
It is worthy of mention that low-sugar fruits can still provide the fiber, vitamins, and minerals a person requires daily.
Low-sugar fruits include:
Strawberries, like many other berries, are often high in fiber and contain very little sugar.
There are only about 8 grams (g) of sugar in eight medium-sized strawberries. They are also a good source of vitamin C.
- Lemons and limes
Not many people would pick up a lemon or lime to eat as a snack. However, with no more than 2 g of sugar per fruit and high levels of vitamin C, these are a great addition to a person’s diet.
People can squeeze a lemon or lime into sparkling water to replace other sugary carbonated beverages, or even squeeze lemon juice over a salad instead of using a salad dressing.
- Honeydew melon
A popular summer snack, a slice of honeydew melon contains around 11 grams of digestible sugar.Honeydew melon also contains potassium, vitamin C, and iron.
A medium-sized orange has around 14 g of digestible sugar and is also an excellent source of vitamin C.
Orange juice and all other fruit juices bought from the supermarket may contain added sugars. If a person wants to limit their sugar intake, it is usually better to eat the fruit itself rather than drink its juice.
This low-sugar fruit is a favourite breakfast food.
Half a medium-sized grapefruit contains around 11 g of sugar. If a person finds grapefruit too sharp, they may wish to drizzle a small amount of honey or sprinkle Stevia on top.
Avocados are almost sugar-free. They are also a good source of healthful fats and fiber.Benefits of increasing a person’s daily intake of fruit include: Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight, getting essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber, reducing the risk of cancer and other diseases
In fact, the American Cancer Society recommends that a person consumes around 2 ½ cups of fruit and vegetables every day.