What Fruits and Vegetables Are Low in Sugar?


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Fruits which are low in sugar include most berries, while low-sugar vegetables include Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. All cruciferous vegetables, a group which includes broccoli and cauliflower, contain high levels of nutrients with minimal sugars.

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Leafy greens contain low amounts of sugar. This includes spinach, rocket and all types of lettuce. Other low-sugar vegetables include tomatoes and radishes.

Cucumber, kale, carrots and green beans are also excellent choices. As a bonus, these vegetables are high in fiber, which is important for the body's digestive system.

Certain types of fruit contain large amounts sugar and should be avoided on a low-sugar diet. A medium banana, which contains 14.4 grams of sugar, contains almost double the amount of sugar a 1/2 cup of blueberries. Apples are even higher in sugar at 18.9 grams of sugar per medium apple. For better options, raspberries have just 2.7 grams of sugar per 1/2-cup serving, and strawberries contain 3.5 grams.

Fruit juices should usually be avoided on a low-sugar diet. Dried fruits also often contain large amounts of sugar. Vegetables usually contain very low quantities of sugar, but potatoes, sweet potatoes and other root vegetables should be avoided by someone who is on a very low-sugar diet.

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