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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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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?

4:32AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Everything can be good; the trick is to know when to stop

12:34AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Where is tomato on this list?!?!!

3:09PM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

thanks

5:46AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

An interesting article. :-)

What is the amount of "lowest", "low to medium", "medium-high" and "highest" sugar content? What would the numbers be if they were measured in percents?

9:14PM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Will do my best to eat the low sugar fruits

8:32AM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Well, don't you think sucrose is worse?

11:04AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

noted, thank you.

1:59AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

Thank you for outlining the fruits in categories for us. Good helpful information. Thank you.

1:18AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

It's really annoying.. fructose is the type of sugar which contributes directly to belly fat (out of ALL sugar types), but I eat so much fruit because I am a vegetarian.

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