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Which Fruits Have the Most Sugar?

Which Fruits Have the Most Sugar?

Fruit is an important, and delicious, part of our diet. Full of fiber, antioxidants and other phytochemicals, fresh fruit is a great source of sustainable energy. Whole fruit contains fiber and other nutrients, which allow the body to feel more full and to absorb the sugar slowly over time.

Some fruit choices, however, might be better than others. Since dried fruit and fruit juice contain a higher-concentrated sugar content, whole fresh fruit is generally a better option. Many people today consume an excess of sugar, which can cause inflammation, weight gain and a host of other problems. Prioritizing low-sugar fruit can help keep your overall sugar consumption in check.

The list below shows where fruits rank on the sugar-content spectrum. Sugar and carb counts vary based on growing conditions, species and ripeness.

Fruits Lowest in Sugar

-Lemon and Lime
-Rhubarb
-Raspberries
-Blackberries
-Cranberries

Fruits Low to Medium in Sugar

-Strawberries
-Casaba Melon
-Papaya
-Watermelon
-Peaches
-Nectarines
-Blueberries
-Cantaloupes
-Honeydew melons
-Apples
-Guavas
-Apricots (fresh, not dried)
-Grapefruit

Fruits with Medium-High Sugar Content

-Plums
-Oranges
-Kiwi
-Pears
-Pineapple

Fruits with Highest Sugar Content

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

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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3:14AM PDT on May 17, 2015

Good to know, but I enjoy eating fruit and will continue to do so. Love watermelon as a drink which I make in the food processor on a hot day. Fruit is healthy and many people do not eat enough of it.

7:55PM PDT on May 15, 2015

Very useful, thanks.

12:56PM PDT on May 11, 2015

mmm I want a giant bowl of fruit right now :D

9:48PM PDT on May 10, 2015

thanks

3:07PM PDT on May 10, 2015

Thanks Megan.

6:33PM PDT on May 7, 2015

Enlightening article, thank you.

8:24AM PDT on May 7, 2015

A couple of those surprised me.

3:51AM PDT on May 7, 2015

thanks

10:33AM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Rhubarb is a vegetable and tomato is a fruit.

7:31AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Now fresh fruit is BAD for us?? This healthy-eating obsession has gone too far. Way over the top! When will it ever stop?

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