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May 2, 2012 at 11:57 AMComments: 5 Faves: 0

5 Fruits Containing The Most Sugar

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Fruit is often used as an alternative to processed foods containing large amounts of sugar, but did you know there are fruits that contain a higher amount of sugar as well?  There are 5 fruits that are particularly high in sugar: apples, pomegranates, bananas, pears, and blueberries.

1. Apples-43.75 g of sugar per serving

Info on Apples: Apples have been around for over 4000 years. They are a fruit that is grown in every state of the continental United States. There are over 7500 different types of apples grown all around the world. Each type of apple differs in size, color, tartness/sweetness, etc.

Calories: 81, Fat: 0g, Fiber: 4g

Vitamins and Minerals:

  • Vitamin C: 15%
  • Vitamin B-6: 4%
  • Thiamin: 2%
  • Magnesium: 2%

Although, apples may have the highest amount of sugar among fruits, it is still a healthier choice than a chocolate bar or potato chips.

2. Pomegranates-32.5 g of sugar per serving

Info on Pomegranates: It is believed that pomegranates were the first cultivated fruits in the Early Bronze Age. Many historians believe that the pomegranate is native to Iran and the Himalayas in Northern India and then spread across Asia. Pomegranates are eaten but are also used in lotions and facial washes.

Calories: 234, Fat: 3g, Fiber: 11g

Vitamins and Minerals:

  • Vitamin C: 48%
  • Calcium: 3%
  • Iron: 5%

3. Bananas-31.25 g of sugar per serving

Info on Bananas: Bananas originate from South East Asia, primarily India. They are considered to be the most popular fruit in the world. Grown in over 150 countries, about 105 million tons are produced each year.

Calories: 95, Fat: 0g, Fiber: 4g

Vitamins and Minerals:

  • Vitamin A: 2%
  • Vitamin C: 14%
  • Calcium: 1%
  • Iron: 1%

4. Pears-27.5 g of sugar per serving

Info on Pears: Pears are one of the oldest cultivated fruits. They are found in Asia, Europe, and north Africa. Today, 90% pears produced are produced in the Pacific northwest. Pears are grown on trees that can get up to about 30 feet tall.

Calories: 51, Fat: 0g, Fiber: 4g

Vitamins and Minerals:

  • Vitamin C: 8%

5. Blueberries-25 g of sugar per serving (1 cup)

Info on Blueberries: Blueberries are said to have existed since the Greek and Roman empires. They are higher in antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Blueberries are eaten raw, put into pancakes, pies, and even made into juice. They are grown on bushes that can reach to about 1 to 2 feet tall.

Calories: 84, Fat: 0g, Fiber: 4g

Vitamins and Minerals:

  • Vitamin A: 2%
  • Vitamin C: 24%
  • Calcium: 1%
  • Iron: 2%

So, if you are dieting, try to limit your intake of the fruits that make up this list. These 5 are still good for you, but, like most food, you must limit how much you take in.

Sources:

http://www.nourishingtreasures.com/index.php/2012/03/12/five-fruits-with-the-highest-sugar-load/

http://www.self.com/health/blogs/healthyself/2011/07/dieting-high-sugar-fruits-to-a.html

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5 Comments

  • But I love Blueberries so much! D: No wonder! I do seem to like things filled with sugar, and if it is more than 10% sugar, I can understand why I enjoy it so much! Thanks for keeping us on the straight and narrow when it comes to eating healthy!

  • No problem!

  • Good to know:)

  • Of course, the human body DOES derive it's energy from the oxidation of glucose. I think we need to be careful that we're not weeding out too much naturally occurring sugar (like blueberries, bananas, and pomegranates). Doing so will leave you feeling hungry/unsatisfied, then you're off to the candy bin to have 20 grams of pure, non-nutritional sugary badness.

    As pointed out here, these sugar fruits do come with many vitamins, as well as good bits of fiber which helps slow down the sugar's impact.

  • Agreed!

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