Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Apples are delicious, and that makes sense because they have a lot of sugar!

I’m a grown-up, but I’ve always been obsessed with apples even as a young child. There’s just something about them. Is it a New England thing? Because I love apple crisp, apple pie, apple turnovers, apple strudel, apple juice, apple cider and just plain old apples. Lately, my favorite way to eat apples is with some Teddie peanut butter. By the way, did you know that Teddie peanut butter is made right in Everett, MA? I always try and buy local when I can.

There’s a saying that goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But does it really, or is it just a cute saying that rhymes? Lately, I found myself wondering if my “apple a day” was actually good for my health. Because shockingly, one apple is packed with so much sugar! And sugar in large quantities is not good for our health.

Heartbeat line on red apple and stethoscope

But does it? Apples contain a lot of natural sugars.

But Apples Have Natural Sugar – How Is That Different?

The distinction between natural sugars and other sugars lies in their source and chemical composition. Natural sugars are those that occur naturally in whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. They are accompanied by essential nutrients, fiber, and other beneficial compounds that contribute to the overall nutritional value of the food. The fiber content helps slow down the absorption of sugar, preventing rapid spikes in blood glucose levels. Additionally, the nutrients in whole fruits provide various health benefits, supporting overall well-being.

On the other hand, “other sugars” often refer to added sugars, which are incorporated into food and beverages during processing or preparation. These sugars can include sucrose (table sugar), high-fructose corn syrup, and other sweeteners. Added sugars contribute sweetness to foods but are often associated with a range of health concerns when consumed excessively. Diets high in added sugars have been linked to issues such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and dental problems. The lack of accompanying nutrients and fiber in added sugars can contribute to overconsumption and negatively impact metabolic health.

If you want your hair to blow back, check out this blog I wrote about foods that are sold in the USA, but banned in other countries.

15 American Foods That Are Illegal In Other Countries

What Kind Of Apples Have The Most Natural Sugars?

As you can see, natural sugars are definitely better for you. But if you’re trying to limit even your natural sugar intake, here’s some of my favorite apples ranked by sweetness. I’m not a doctor or anything, but if you’re going to eat an apple, just keep it to one a day.

  • Green Apples Contain Less Sugar, And More Benefits

    The green Granny Smith is an apple that originated in Australia. A rule of thumb is that all green apples contain less sugar, more fiber, and more antioxidants. They also lower blood sugar levels. The Granny Smith is known for its crispness and puckering tartness, but it only contains 10 grams of sugar per serving.

    Apple - Granny Smith - tasting notes, identification, reviews

    The most instantly-recognised of all apples, and perhaps Australia's most famous export.

  • This Is A Good Option For A Red Apple

    Red apples are known to be yummier, because they have more sugar. DUH! But in terms of the red apple world, the Gala apple is a solid option. It originates from New Zealand and is known for its crisp texture and honeyed notes. There’s approximately 16 grams of sugar per serving. It’s like a tropical vacation for your taste buds without the guilt trip.

    Gala Apples

    Gala apples are a small to medium-sized varietal, averaging 5 to 7 centimeters in diameter, and have a round to conical shape. The apple's skin is thin, bruising...

  • It's Getting Sweeter With This Apple

    Our fruity expedition then takes us to Japan, where the Fuji apple reigns supreme. A product of the delicate balance between sweetness and acidity, the Fuji apple carries around 14-18 grams of sugar per piece, ensuring that every bite is a delightful journey through orchard elegance.

    Fuji Apples | Stemilt

    Fuji apples are one of the sweetest apple varieties available. Named after Mount Fuji in Japan, they are actually a cross between two American varieties.

  • Of Course My Favorite Apples Have The Most Sugar

    First up on the orchard tour is the Macintosh apple, a classic that hails from the apple-rich soils of Canada. Bursting with a harmonious blend of sweet and tart flavors, the Macintosh boasts an average of 19 grams of sugar per apple, making it the perfect companion for those who like their sweetness with a zing.

    McIntosh Apple Review - Apple Rankings by The Appleist Brian Frange

    Review of the National Apple of Canada and eponymous computer apple, the McIntosh, a tangy yet sub-par apple with unbearably thick skin.

  • Another Apple With 19 Grams Of Sugar

    Venturing into the picturesque orchards of Australia, we encounter the Pink Lady apple, a cultivar known for its rosy blush and sweet-tart taste. Packing around 19 grams of sugar, this apple is the ultimate embodiment of a sugar-kissed orchard dream.

    Apple - Pink Lady - tasting notes, identification, reviews

    One of the best-known modern apples, with an attractive pink blush and pleasant flavor, more correctly known as Cripp's Pink (Pink Lady is a trademark).

  • My Absolute Favorite Also Is Packed With Natural Sugars

    Finally, we arrive in the orchards of Minnesota to indulge in the Honeycrisp, a marvel of sweetness and crunch. With an average of 19 grams of sugar, the Honeycrisp lives up to its name, offering a honeyed experience that’s nothing short of crisp perfection.


    The Honeycrisp apple, also known in Europe as the 'Honeycrunch' apple, is one of the University of Minnesota's best apples. They are widely grown around the world. Millions have been sold to people who love the well-balanced sweet-tart taste, and explosively crisp, juicy texture.

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