Is the sugar in fruit bad?

What's up with the sugar in fruit? Well the main sugar in fruit is called fructose, and although fruits come loaded with numerous health benefits, we should still be mindful of how much fruit we're eating.

We typically recommend 2-4 servings of fruit per day. If you're not as active, are mindful of calories you're taking in, or have lower calorie needs based on your height/weight, I would recommend sticking to just a couple of servings. If you're super active or want to gain weight, up to 4 servings is fine.

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Read on to find out which fruits are best, and which ones you may want to eat less frequently.

The Best

Enjoy these fruits as much as you want. They're lower in sugar content and they're filled with antioxidants, cancer-fighting properties and loads of benefits to keep you healthy.

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Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant-filled fruits you can eat! Blueberries have a pretty low glycemic index, and they have been found to benefit people with diabetes.

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Made up of nearly 82 percent water, watermelon is a delicious summer staple. While watermelon does contain sugar, it's more probable that you'll enjoy a few slices of the fruit rather than an entire watermelon. Even with the sugar, watermelon has been shown to lower levels of blood sugar and blood pressure.

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Half a cup of raspberries contains only 2.7 grams of sugar. Most of the carbohydrates found in raspberries come from their fiber content, which helps keep you feeling full.

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Lemons are very low in sugar, high in vitamin C and have been found to protect against rheumatoid arthritis. The flavor of lemons can be enjoyed with just a zest or a squeeze. Add lemons to your tea, roast chicken or even pasta.

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Three ounces of a guava fruit contains only 4.7 grams of sugar. That's great news because guavas have been found to help eyesight, prevent cancer and even promote weight loss.

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According to the USDA, half of a grapefruit has only 8 grams of sugar. Grapefruits are also filled with vitamin C.

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The beautiful red color in strawberries makes them a powerhouse of nutritional value. The phenolic acid that gives strawberries their signature color helps to regulate blood sugar. With only 7 grams of sugar per cup, strawberries are a great option for a healthy dessert.

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According to the USDA, boysenberries contain an impressive 9 grams of sugar for an entire cup. The tart berry is filled with fiber, folate, vitamin C and potassium.

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Blackberries contain 4.8 grams of sugar per cup, which makes them a great treat. (Not mention they're great for your heart.)

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Cranberries have an impressive array of phytonutrients in addition to vitamin C. They can taste pretty bitter to some, but that's just due to their limited sugar content.

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The Worst

Don't worry, these fruits aren't so bad for you that you should never have them, but they do contain significantly more sugar and calories than the aforementioned fruits. Just don't overdo it with these.

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Fresh figs are filled with fiber and can help to lower blood pressure, but the fruit does contain a good amount of sugar too—100 grams of raw figs (or roughly one cup) contains around 16 grams of sugar.

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Bananas are a great substitute for an energy bar before the gym. Filled with potassium and easily digested, they're the perfect pre-workout snack. Still, with 14 grams of sugar in a medium banana, it's important to eat them mindfully.

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Mangos are filled with soluble fiber in addition vitamins C, A and B6, however, the tasty fruit is pretty high in sugar, even by fruit standards. One mango contains 31 grams of sugar, so be sure to slice and share the sweet fruit.

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According to the USDA, one cup of grapes contains 15 grams of sugar. Still, grapes can help to lower the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

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Pomegranate seeds are delicious and beautiful winter fruit, but one entire pomegranate contains about 39 grams of sugar, which is why you should try sprinkling the seeds on yogurt instead of eating an entire bowl. Despite its sugar content though, the pomegranate has been shown to benefit the heart and even slow the process of aging.

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Cherries are filled with vitamin C, which helps fight off disease, but eating a 100-gram serving of the sweet fruit contains 13 grams of sugar.

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The saying, "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away," holds up because apples have been found to help regulate blood sugar and are a great source of dietary fiber. However, according to the USDA, one medium apple has a surprising 19 grams of sugar.

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Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is super tasty because it generally contains more sugar than raw fruit. One cup of raisins contains over 434 calories. Enjoy dried fruit as a treat or sprinkle sparingly it on dishes for an extra burst of sweetness.

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Pineapples are a great way to get a delicious load of vitamin C, and eating them can have a positive effect on digestion. But remember that one cup of pineapple chunks contains 16 grams of sugar, so enjoy the tangy fruit in moderation.

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Why shouldn't you go bonkers and eat all the fruit in the world? Well, although fruits are healthy, they also contain a significant amount of carbs and calories. When you eat excessive amounts of fruit, your body may store what it doesn't use for energy as body fat. That's why it's really important that the amount of carbs, and for that matter, the amount of protein and fat you're taking in as well, are appropriate for your height, weight, sex and activity levels- among other factors.

To answer your other question, there's no comparison between the sugar in fresh fruit and the sugar in processed foods like cakes, cookies, and candies. Fruit comes loaded with fiber, water, anti-oxidants, pre-biotics, and other c, whereas refined sugar is basically equivalent to empty calories. There are no nutritional benefits.

Check out the best practices for eating fruits at Food Heaven Made Easy.

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