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Nutrition kNowledge - Sugar in Fruit

Do some types of fruit have a lot more sugar than others? Is this a health concern?

Two weeks ago at my first book signing of the Real Food Therapy Guide, at Nature's Grocer in Vernon, CT, a few folks were discussing the sugar toxicity segment aired on 60 minutes.  It inspired me to write a post about something sugar related to what some clients have asked.  

Q: Do some types of fruit have a lot more sugar than others?

A: Yes, but do not let anti-carbohydrate diets convince you that it’s bad to eat certain fruits.  The sugar in fruit can range from 0 grams in an avocado (yes, it’s a fruit) to 26 grams in a medium-sized pomegranate, with most fruits providing somewhere between 6 and 12 sugar grams per serving.  While all sugar adds calories to your diet, there are a lot of good reasons to choose fruit over nutritionally empty sweets like candy or soda.  It takes longer to digest and does not cause the spike in blood sugar (and subsequent hunger-inducing plummet) that the refined sugars in processed sweets do.

Fruit is often packed with fiber and water, both of which can help you feel full.  And it’s a great source of disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.  Moroever, giving healthful foods like fruit a prominent role in your diet leaves less room for unhealthy stuff.

In closing, I'd like to offer my Real Food Therapy Guide free (e-book version) with our free "on Inspired Living" Newsletter sign-up to any interested readers.  

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