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Is the sugar in fruits bad for you?

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Fruit sugar is not bad for the health as long as a person doesn't consume too much, according to Shape magazine. The average recommended daily amount of sugar intake is 26 grams for women and 36 grams for men, as of 2015.

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Consuming too much sugar, even if it comes from fruit, may cause tooth decay, weight gain and high triglyceride levels. Increased triglyceride levels may lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, explains Shape. Consuming excessive amounts of fructose, the sugar in fruits, can increase belly fat, slow metabolism and cause weight gain, although a diet that is high in fruit and vegetable intake also helps prevent weight gain. Fruit has a high water and low calorie content, which helps the body feel full.

Fruits that are low in sugar content include rhubarb, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries. Small amounts of lemon and lime are also low in sugar content, according to About.com. Fruits that are semi-low in sugar content include strawberries, papaya, watermelon, peaches and blueberries. Nectarines, apples, grapefruits, guavas, cantaloupe and honeydew melon are also good choices for fruit.

Bananas, figs, cherries, mangoes and grapes are examples of fruits that have a very high sugar content, says About.com. Other fruits that are high in sugar include tangerines, pomegranates, plums, pineapple, pears and oranges.

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