Whether you're on a diet or trying to manage diabetes, knowing the sugar content of fruits can be helpful. If you have trouble memorising fruits individually, try to remember these categories instead.
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According to Information About Diabetes, you can typically sort fruits into one of five categories to estimate their sugar content. While there's some variance between individual fruits — and if you're dealing with something more serious like diabetes, you should always check to be sure — these categories can help you ballpark it. In order from lowest to highest sugar content:
- Berries: Raspberries, blackberries and cranberries.
- Spring-Summer Fruit: Peaches, nectarines, melons and apricots.
- Autumn-Winter Fruit: Apples, citrus fruits, plums and pears.
- Tropical Fruit: Pineapple, pomegranates and mangoes.
- Dried Fruit: Dates, raisins and prunes.
Of course, this list isn't comprehensive, and there can be exceptions (for example, some companies will add sugar to processed fruit for taste), so always be thorough when it counts. But if you're out at a restaurant and just trying to avoid too-sugary food, breaking it down this way can help get you in the ballpark.
Which Fruits Are High or Low in Sugar: An Easy Way to Remember [Information About Diabetes]