Becoming Aware of Fruit’s Sugar Content


Ahhh, summertime!

Along with a great exercise routine, quitting or reducing sugar is vitally important if your goals are to look better, feel better, and to increase your overall energy and mood. But there’s a misconception about having to also quit fruit in order to cut out sugar. The key is to be selective in choosing which fruits to eat.

As you know, fruit contains fructose, but the fructose that whole fruits possess also come with generous amounts of nutrients and fiber that reduce the body’s release of sugar.

Choosing fruits that are low in sugar, along with 6 to nine servings of veggies each day, will provide you with fiber, vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, plus flavonoids like quercetin, catechin, epicatechin, and anthocyanidin!

Enjoy up to 3 small pieces of fruit daily, with most options from this first grouping

Low sugar 

  • Grapefruit
  • Berries
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Pear
  • Coconut (but not coconut sugar)
  • Rhubarb
  • Pineapple
 

Medium Sugar

  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe melon         
  • Apricots
  • Nectarines
  • Apples

High sugar

  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Mangos

Keep in mind that dried fruit has highly concentrated sugar levels and juices contain no fiber, not good options!

Enjoy your summer!

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