Sugar cravings can hit at any time of the day and those with a predominant sweet tooth will be familiar with the constant struggle to stay away from the tempting treats in the break room at work or the pint of ice cream peeping from behind the bag of frozen berries. Is there an alternate route?
Fortunately, dieticians and food scientists have provided us with a list of fruits that have a lower concentration of sugar than deceptive energy bars and other fruits that are packed with sugar. These fruits do contain sugar, but they also provide other nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals for added benefits.
With only 7 grams of sugar and 30 calories each, these deep colored fruits can make a perfect mid-afternoon snack. They provide antioxidants, support blood sugar levels and aid digestion.
Yes, avocados are fruits and they can be the perfect snack as they have good fats to support heart health and cholesterol levels. Average-sized avocados have almost negligible amounts of sugar, with just over 1 gram per fruit.
You can indulge in 1 cup of diced watermelon without feeling too guilty because it has only 10 grams of sugar, lots of iron and diuretic properties to reduce water retention.
Rich in vitamin A, a cup of cantaloupe weighs in with just under 13 grams of sugar. This fruit can make a wonderful snack on hot summer afternoons.
These little fruits are rich in vitamin C and can pack a punch with their sweet and tart flavors. Available almost all throughout the year, one kiwi has approximately 6 grams of sugar.
Experts recommend eating one whole fruit instead of drinking a glass of freshly squeezed juice because a glass will contain the juice of two to three oranges, thus increasing the sugar content. An orange may have nearly 12 grams of sugar and enough vitamin C to cover your daily requirement.
One half of a grapefruit contains about 8 grams of sugar and can make a good sized snack. It may also provide diuretic properties.
With about 13 grams of sugar per peach, these soft, fuzzy fruits make wonderful sweet treats for adults and children.
Based on the same idea that whole fruit has less sugar than a glass of fruit juice, opt for one medium-sized apple that contains approximately 19 grams of sugar and loads of fiber too.
Berries tend to have lower sugar content than many other fruits and their size makes them easy to snack on, for kids too. A cup of blackberries has 7 grams of sugar and 8 grams of fiber, along with ample antioxidants; a cup of raspberries clocks in with just 5 grams of sugar and an impressive 8 grams of fiber; a cup of strawberries has 7 grams of sugar and almost an entire day’s worth of vitamin C.
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