Sugar is often talked about in a negative way. And while much of the focus of these conversations surrounds the added sugars found in sweets and processed foods, what about sugar in fruit?
We’re here to separate fact from fiction and tell you everything you need to know about sugar in fruit so you can make healthy nutrition choices for your body.
Common Sugar Myths
Let’s start by debunking some of the common myths surrounding sugar:
You should avoid fruit if you’re trying to lose weight
Some popular diets (namely the keto diet) say to avoid fruit because it naturally contains sugar. However, this is a misconception. While fruit does contain fructose, it’s difficult to overindulge in this amount of sugar when eating a whole fruit.
Fruits are also loaded with fiber, water, and have significant chewing resistance, meaning they take a while to eat and digest, making them a healthy snack to help with weight loss.
Sugar in fruit is the same as other sweeteners
When it comes to sugar, there are four main kinds: glucose, fructose, sucrose, and lactose. And they’re all different. It’s best to prioritize natural sugar (fructose) and avoid high amounts of the rest, especially sucrose which is otherwise known as table sugar.
It’s also important to avoid eating foods loaded with added sugars. If you’re curious about how much added sugar is in your favorite snack, make sure to look under the “Total Sugars” and/or “Added Sugars” on the nutrition label.
Fruit contains too much sugar
No. When compared to processed foods, whole fruits contain a minimal amount of sugar.
Now onto some of the sugar facts that are true:
Fruit is more filling than other snacks
There’s a reason you feel more full after eating an apple than your favorite bag of chips. Whole fruit is incredibly filling, partly because it takes a while to digest and allows the fructose to hit your liver slowly.
Whole fruits are best
True. Whole fruits offer the most health benefits because processed fruit (like dehydrated fruit and fruit snacks) and fruit juices often contain added sugars to enhance the flavor. Whole fruit makes a healthy snack, especially when paired with other nutritious foods like nut butter or greens.
There are few calories in fruit
Yes, most fruits are low in calories and high in other nutrients and fiber. Grapefruits, apples, and stone fruit (peaches and plums) are especially good for you!
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