Satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the sugar bank.
Fruits are a great, natural source of sugar and carbohydrates. If you are diabetic, however, or sensitive to sugars, you may need to monitor your fructose intake. We’ve put together a list of the lowest sugar fruits, and suggestions of ways you can enjoy them.
#1 Lemons and Limes
As you might guess, these sour citrus fruits are among the lowest in sugar. Lemons and limes provide a whole host of immunity-boosting properties. They are naturally antibacterial and high in potassium.
Enjoy it with… dressings and sauces. Lemons and limes pack a powerful flavour punch. The zest and juice are great for adding a zing to your dishes. Mix half a cup of lemon juice with half a cup of olive oil to make a tangy salad dressing. Or add the juice and zest of a lime to your usual stir fry sauce to make it pop.
This fruit is well known for its tart flavour. As such, it’s not a particularly appealing fruit for those on a low sugar regime, as most recipes involve a lot of added sweetness.
Enjoy it with… a pinch of salt. A countryside wartime snack might involve a raw stick of rhubarb to nibble on with a little salt.
These mild but sweet fruits are strong in benefits. They are a good source of dietary fibre, so they’ll help your body detox. Dried apricots actually provide more dietary fibre than fresh, but you may want to check the packaging for sugar content. Plus, they give you a boost of vitamins A and C, helping you defend yourself from nasty bugs.
Enjoy it with… Eastern food. Chop up a cup full of fresh apricots and add them to your next tagine or spicy dish. The sweetness cuts through a rich eastern recipe and adds a layer of fresh flavours.
Cranberries are full to the brim with vitamin C. They’re a fairly tart fruit, so they are often combined with a lot of sugar in juices and smoothies, so watch out!
Enjoy it with…. Water. While juices may skyrocket the sugar levels in cranberries, infusing water can give you some of the benefits while staying sugar-safe.
These little fruits are low in sugar but high in fibre. They are also high in cancer-preventing antioxidants, so they make a great health impact to your meal.
Enjoy it with… meats and sweets. The tanginess of raspberries makes a great pairing with rich meats like duck. Throw a handful of raspberries into a salad with duck and a balsamic dressing and you have a high-class meal prepped and ready to go. Raspberries also pair well with sweet treats, like skinny cookies.
#6 Kiwi Fruit
This green machine is great for your skin. It gives you a boost of vitamin E, which is a great antioxidant for keeping your skin looking clear and bright.
Enjoy it with… a spoon or a salad. Kiwis make great little snacks. Simply halve them and scoop out the flesh with a spoon for a health boost on the go. Alternatively, you can slice them, remove the fuzzy skin, and make an exotic addition to your fruit salads.
These exotic and fairly mild fruits are an incredible source of vitamin C. Just 1 fruit will give you two times your daily amount.
Enjoy it with… a smoothie or dip. Guava goes well with other fruits and juices and is traditionally dipped in a salty sauce such as soy sauce. Alternatively, you could dip some into fresh lime juice.
Blackberries are a great source of fibre. Two generous handfuls provide a third of your daily recommended amount. They also provide the body with flavonoids that boost memory function.
Enjoy it with… Overnight oats. Sprinkle a handful into your jar for a flavourful and healthy boost to your breakfast.
Despite often being found sweet, strawberries are moderately low in sugar. They provide the body with phytonutrients and antioxidants that protect our cells against external damage.
Enjoy them with… Balsamic vinegar, or as a sweet substitute. Mixing the sweet and sour of strawberries makes for a great starter or salad idea. The sweetness makes strawberries a great dessert or snack option – just resist the temptation to add chocolate and cream!
#10 Tangerines, Nectarines and Oranges
These colourful sources of vitamin C are moderately low in sugar. Tangerines are lowest in sugar of the three, and oranges are the highest. They are also good for your calcium intake, helping to keep your bones in good condition.
Enjoy them with… your hands or in a sauce. These three citrus fruits have a tough skin that means they make an easy to transport snack. Peel them and enjoy them on the go (and enjoy the aroma they give off!). Alternatively, you can juice them to make a dressing or a refreshing stir-fry sauce. Squeeze over your salad or mix with soy sauce in a frying pan when you’re cooking chicken or turkey.