BLOG 172 FRUIT & SUGAR
Summer time means fresh fruit. The strawberry stands are open, peaches are ready and fruit salad is on the spread at every event. To be clear, fruit is good for you. These colorful choices are full of vitamins and minerals. They can also help reduce the risk of many diseases and help lower blood pressure. This means that fruit helps with the maintenance of our bodies. But, they have sugar. Yes, natural sugar, but sugar is sugar in that body of yours. Fructose (another name for sugar) is harmful for your metabolism. When it comes to sugar in fruits it’s really about the amount you are consuming. For example, an apple has about 12 grams of sugar compared to 40 grams of sugar in one soda. So it would take 3 apples to have the same amount of sugar as one soda. The more informed you are the better, so let’s talk about fruits with the highest amounts of sugar.
I was able to find the top fruits with the most sugar according to WebMD.
1. Mangos – 1 mango = 45 grams
2. Grapes – 1 cup = 23 grams (thought to consider for wine consumers)
3. Cherries – 1 cup = 18 grams
4. Pears = 1 medium = 17 grams
5. Watermelon = medium slice = 17 grams
6. Figs = 2 medium size = 16 grams
7. Bananas = 1 medium = 14 grams
Here are fruit choices that have less sugar:
1. Avocado (yes it’s a fruit) = 1 whole avocado = only ½ grams sugar
2. Guava = 1 = 5 grams
3. Raspberries = 1 cup = 5 grams
4. Cantaloupe = 1 wedge = 5 grams
5. Papaya = ½ of one = 6 grams
6. Strawberries = 1 cup = 7 grams
Back in the day when I worked for Medifast, fruit was not allowed. Like any item, portion control is necessary. Trust me I can eat a whole watermelon or a bag of grapes, but at some point, the excess sugar would be like having candy. Why do you think fruit tastes so sweet and good?? That little burst of energy after some fruit salad is from the sugar. Every BODY can benefit from fruit, but not in excess. Sounds pretty familiar, but the more I remind the more you are aware ?