The Best Low-Carb Fruits (and the Worst)

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This one’s
not just for all you low-carbers! Here’s a quick guide to the
best and worst fruits according to their sugar content and nutritional
value. If you enjoy sweets and find yourself relying (or perhaps
suffering) on Splenda and mockalate far too often, enjoy a sensible
selection of fruit instead.

These are our
favorite fruits:

Berries

Blueberries,
strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries, salmon berries,
gooseberries – they’re all packed with antioxidants and
vitamins. These little fiber bombs are the smartest, most nutritionally-dense
fruit you can eat. Aim for a half-cup to one cup daily. Keep in
mind that these fruits, especially strawberries and raspberries,
are excellent on grilled meats and in salads, so go ahead and experiment!
(Glycemic Index: generally low to mid-20’s)

Cherries

Cherries are
similar to berries in terms of their antioxidant value. They have
a bit higher natural sugar content, but they’re still very
low-carb and are an excellent source of important fiber. Cherries
are amazing with bacon, feta and greens; or try them smothered atop
pork chops. Hungry yet? (GI: 22)

Apples and
Pears

These northern
fruits are related to the rose. They’re low in sugar and contain
a respectable amount of fiber. While antioxidants aren’t exactly
overflowing from your average Granny Smith, apples (and pears) are
still a great way to satisfy a craving for sweetness without terrorizing
your pancreas. (GI: 38)

Grapefruit

Most citrus
fruits are quite high in sugar, but grapefruits are not. In fact,
their effect on blood sugar is less than apples and pears at only
25. Just don’t ruin a smart thing with a sprinkling of sugar
on top! Grapefruit is excellent in salads, especially when paired
with avocado slices.

Bonus: biggest
grapefruit ever

Apricots
and Peaches

With similar
nutritional value as apples and pears, these stone fruits are a
smart way to get a good dose of vitamin C and fiber. Avoid nectarines,
which are much higher in sugar and are more akin to mangoes and
papayas. (GI: 30s)

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