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The 9 healthiest low-sugar fruits you should be eating

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 12-11-2018 by Jordan Davidson

a close up of a bowl of fruit: Eat these low sugar fruits to get lots of vitamins and nutrients sans the sweet stuff. Berries, grapefruit, avocado, plums, peaches and apples are great choices for diabetics and any people watching their sugar intake. © malhrovitz - Getty Images Eat these low sugar fruits to get lots of vitamins and nutrients sans the sweet stuff. Berries, grapefruit, avocado, plums, peaches and apples are great choices for diabetics and any people watching their sugar intake. Skipping sugar may be the current craze, but if you’re eliminating fruit from your diet you’re doing yourself a disservice. 

'Fruit provides a lot of things we need,' says registered dietician Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of Read It Before You Eat It. 'It provides vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It also hydrates us and provides us with fibre, which fills us up.'

Here are nine fruits you can feel great about indulging in whenever your sweet tooth strikes...

Strawberries

a piece of fruit: Strawberries © RBOZUK - Getty Images Strawberries Berries are a great option when it comes to picking fruit that’s low in sugar. A cup of strawberries has only seven grams of sugar and provides more than your daily recommendation of vitamin C.

Grapefruit

two oranges sitting on top of a table: grapefruit © Ls9907 - Getty Images grapefruit The best way to minimise your sugar intake is to be mindful of your portion sizes, says Taub-Dix. Grapefruit is a great option as an alternative to sugary snacks, but stick to the serving size – half of one of the fruits, which contains only eight grams of sugar.

Avocados

a green and yellow fruit: avocado © nata_vkusidey - Getty Images avocado They may not be the top of mind when it comes to fruit, but they’re just as satisfying. Avocados are full of healthy fats that protect your heart and lower your LDL (a.k.a. 'bad') cholesterol, plus phytochemicals that reduce oxidative and inflammatory stress. One avocado has a little over a gram of sugar.

Plums

a piece of fruit: plums in the basket © Alkimson - Getty Images plums in the basket These late-summer favourite only have seven grams of sugar and 30 calories a piece, according to Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

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Raspberries

a bunch of different types of fruit: Raspberries © Pillon - Getty Images Raspberries These berries are surprisingly low in sugar given their sweet taste: one cup contains only five grams of sugar. And with eight grams of fibre, they’re more likely to leave you feeling full than other fruit.

Blackberries

a close up of a piece of fruit: Blackberries © Photo by Cathy Scola - Getty Images Blackberries This is another hall-of-fame berry: one cup packs seven grams of sugar, eight grams of fibre, and two grams of protein.

Apples

a red apple sitting on top of a pile of fruit: Apples © Maria Jeffs / EyeEm - Getty Images Apples If you have diabetes or are concerned about how fruit is affecting your blood sugar, consider changing the way you eat it. A whole apple has a lower glycemic index than apple juice, says Taub-Dix. On its own, one medium apple harbours only 19 grams of sugar, whereas a cup of unsweetened apple juice has about 24.

Peaches

a pile of fruit: Peaches © Zen Rial - Getty Images Peaches When you are craving something sweet, reach for a juicy peach instead. One medium peach contains about 13 grams of sugar.

Oranges

two oranges sitting on top of a wooden table: peeled orange © Maria_Lapina - Getty Images peeled orange As with apples, you’re better off eating the whole fruit than drinking its juice. A standard orange has 12 grams of sugar and more than the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. A cup of unsweetened OJ, meanwhile, has twice the amount of sugar and only a third of the fibre.

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