Although consuming fruits is considered to be healthy, some fruits contain higher sugar levels than others, which might lead to a spike in blood sugar for those with issues like diabetes. Here’s a list of low-sugar fruits to enjoy!
Whether you are faced with health conditions, allergies or lifestyle ailments like diabetes, choosing to eat fruits can be quite a tricky territory to navigate. Although healthy, some fruits contain more sugar than their counterparts, which might result in an undesirable spike in blood sugar. Hence, understanding the nutritional benefits of what you eat is as important as eating healthy and being aware of what you are putting into your body. Read on to find an array of low-sugar fruits that you can still enjoy.
Most citrus varieties like grapefruit, oranges, sweet limes and tangerines have minimal percentage of sugar and hence, consuming them fresh – either as it is or as a glass of juice is so much better than purchasing the bottled variety of fruit juice. These vitamin C rich fruits are also known to reduce inflammation and provide the body with necessary vital nutrients.
Also known as musk melon, this potassium-rich fruit is also important for maintaining good heart health. Eating a quarter portion of the fruit at breakfast is one of the best ways to reap full benefits of the nutritional value that the fruit can provide, giving the body its necessary fibre intake.
Want good eye health? Go easy on the carrots and eat apricots instead. Whether you enjoy eating them fresh or dry, apricots are also considered a superfood containing beta carotene while also being rich in antioxidants. However, make sure to exercise portion control with the dry variety since ripened fruit tends to have more sugar than its fresh variation.
When in season, figs are perhaps the most perfect fruit to enjoy in various dishes – be it salads, with flatbreads or even on a cheese board. Although low on sugar, figs are high in carbohydrate content and must be eaten with caution, so as to not go overboard with the calorific intake, especially for those who suffer from health conditions.
Although the process of peeling a pomegranate to collect the seeds is quite the labour of love, the juicy-tart seeds are antioxidant-rich and contain polyphenols, which promote heart health and have anti-cancerous properties. Add them to your bowl of yoghurt for an extra dose of probiotics, to promote gut health.
An underrated fruit, the kiwi has more nutritional benefits than it gets credit for. Like berries, kiwis are known to be rich in vitamin C as well as contain a healthy dose of fibre, which helps in maintaining good bowel movement. Since kiwis can be eaten exactly like an apple, with the skin on, simply bite into it when you’re craving for a healthy snack.
Not many people are aware that cranberries are a low-sugar fruit because most times they are available frozen or in the form of packaged juices, which are full of sugar. The truth is, a cup of fresh cranberries contain no more than four grams of sugar, and are known to be rich in antioxidants as well as promoting good heart health. Add some to your morning smoothie bowl or even salads, for some extra flavour, colour and nutrition.