It is a truism that all fruits are good for human consumption, but it is also a statement of fact that all fruits contain different sugar content. This makes it imperative for anyone, looking to control his/her 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.
This was why, nutrition experts from Medical News Today have 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.