These five fruits contain more sugar than you think

Sugar is fine for your health in moderation, but you might be interested to know just how much is in the following fuits!

These five fruits contain more sugar than you think
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These five fruits contain more sugar than you think

We all need sugar to function, but not that much. Although it does serve as fuel for the body, it can be harmful when ingested in large amounts.

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The sweetest fruits

However, we all know that you need to eat fruit to be healthy. Still, some fruits have a low fiber content and are high in sugar, which is not ideal! Such fruits are digested very quickly and cause spikes in insulin and blood sugar, so you'll likely want to snack again shortly afterwards and might even feel a little tired.

We're not at all suggesting you totally eliminate these fruits, but it's best to eat them in moderation. If you can, try to have them with other, fiber-rich fruits, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrant, pears or blackberries. You can also mix them with foods that are less sweet, such as nuts, almonds or certain vegetables.

Here are the five sweetest fruits:

  • Lychees
  • Mangoes
  • Bananas
  • Figs
  • Grapes

On average, these fruits have a higher sugar content than other fruits—more than 15 g of sugar and less than 2 g of fiber per 100g. Needless to say, they don't make a very balanced snack...

What about dried fruit?

Dried fruits are dehydrated fruits that are good for your health and have the added advantage of not perishing as fast as their fresh counterparts. They're more calorie-dense than fresh fruit, but are rich in fiber and have no cholesterol, which is great!

However, their sugar content is the same as that of fresh fruit. So you can keep eating dried fruit, but in small amounts.

Check out the video at the top of this article for more details on these fruits!

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