Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Not all fruits are created equally. In fact, some of them are packed with sugar. Others, are "healthier" for you. Here's 8 fruits ranked by their sweetness.

Fruits have a lot of sugar. They contain natural sugar, but still, they are high in sweetness, which can lead to some health issues if eaten in excess.

If you can believe it, when I was a young girl, I wasn’t into chocolate or ice cream. My idea of a great dessert was a bowl of fruit with whipped cream on top of it. Every time I asked my mom for fruit for dessert she would always say to me, “I can’t believe you don’t like chocolate you crazy kid!” But maybe she didn’t realize how much sugar is actually in a bowl of fruit. I was more likely eating more sugar in that one bowl than a single piece of chocolate cake!

The American Heart Association says that adult men should consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar per day. For women the number is a bit lower at 25 grams of added sugar per day. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids under the age of 2 should not be given any added sugar. Toddlers over the age of 2 should consume less than 25 grams of added sugar each day.

Not all fruit is created equally. Some fruits are packed with more sugar than you should be allotted for the entire day. A honey crisp apple for example contains 19 grams of sugar! That one apple is more than half of your sugar goal for the day. Crazy when you think about it, right? Because we’ve always been told, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but does it?

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And apples definitely have a lot of sugar in them! Maybe that’s why they are so yummy. But to balance the sugar, eat the apple with any sort of nut butter. It will help with your glucose spikes.

I’ve decided to take some of my favorite fruits and ranks them by the amount of sugar they contain. The more we know about the food that we consume, the healthier we can be. And the better examples we will set for our children.

Here’s 8 Of My Favorite Fruits Ranked By Sugar

  • Fruits That Have The Highest Sugar Content

  • Mangos

    I am absolutely obsessed with mangoes. Any time I am at a sushi restaurant and they have a roll with cut mango on top, or even mango sauce, I’m buying it. But sadly, mangoes have a ton of sugar. In fact, a cup of chopped mango contains 22.5 grams of sugar.

  • Bananas

    I love bananas!! I wish they didn’t have so much sugar in them because I eat them all the time. In fact, on the weekends I make a banana pancake mixture with bananas, eggs, cinnamon, blueberries and flour. But one medium banana contains about 14 grams of sugar.

  • Grapes

    Grapes are such a great summertime snack! And of course they are used for wine (which is delicious). But here’s the thing. A cup of grapes contains 23.2 grams of sugar. Eeek.

  • Apples

    AN apple a day keeps the doctor away, but does it really? One medium apple contains about 20.8 grams of sugar. That’s a lot! I always try and balance an apple with some peanut butter so my glucose levels don’t spike too much.

  • Fruits With The Lowest Amount of Sugar

  • Avocados

    Avocados are almost sugar-free. They are also a good source of healthful fats and fiber. There’s nothing like a great scoop of guacamole am I right?

  • Blackberries

    Blackberries are a great option for you if you want something sweet, but also healthy. 1 cup of blackberries contains between 5-7 grams of sugar. They’re also a great source of fiber and protein.

  • Strawberries

    Strawberries, like many other berries, are often high in fiber and contain very little sugar. There’s only about 8 grams of sugar in eight medium-sized strawberries. They are also a good source of vitamin C.

  • Grapefruits

    I sued to eat a half of a grapefruit every morning for breakfast before school. I loved the tart taste of the grapefruit. Half a medium-sized grapefruit contains around 11 g of sugar.

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