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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100 comments

DaleLovesOttawa O.

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.

Valentina R.
Valentina R1 years ago

Very useful, thanks.

Mademoisell LeBel
Melanie LeBel1 years ago

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

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn1 years ago

thanks

Jo SICK
Jo S1 years ago

Thanks Megan.

Maggie Welch
Maggie D1 years ago

Enlightening article, thank you.

MJ J.
Past Member 1 years ago

A couple of those surprised me.

N B.
No B1 years ago

thanks

krystin grenon
k grenon2 years ago

Rhubarb is a vegetable and tomato is a fruit.

Steve Fleishman
Steve F2 years ago

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