Fruits are a part of a healthy diet. Most fruits are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Unfortunately, some fruits contain more carbohydrates than others do. And with so many varieties of fruits, it’s hard to know which ones to avoid. In today’s post, we are listing down fruits with the lowest carbohydrate content:
Apricot is a mainstay in most diabetes meal plans for a reason. Apart from being a rich source of fiber, apricot also contains very little carbs. Just a medium-size apricot contains 17 calories and 4 grams of fat. A serving of fresh apricots (equivalent to four fresh apricots) satisfies 70% of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin A. You can add sliced apricots to your favorite salad, in cereals and oatmeal.
Apples are quintessential dieter’s food because they’re high in water and fiber. An average sized apple contains 54 calories and 14 grams of carbs. Apples are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C. Eat it with the peel on and you consume more antioxidants!
Tart cherry is low in carbs and sugars. In fact, this fruit is guaranteed safe for diabetics too. There are two types of cherries, sweet and tart cherries. Both are low in carbs, but tart cherries are slightly better than sweet cherries.
A dozen sweet cherries yield just 59 calories and 14 grams of carbohydrates. Studies found that tart cherries contain more anti-inflammatory compounds than other fruit. Tart cherries are loaded with essential nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. Antioxidants protect from chronic diseases including cancer and diabetes. Do note that dried and fresh cherries are best if you’re cutting back on sugar. On the other hand, canned or preserved cherries have higher sugar content.
Summer season is peach season. And we’re giving you yet another reason to nosh on peaches. Peaches are packed with vitamins A and E. They are also rich in potassium and fiber. Best of all, they contain very little sugar. Peaches are extremely versatile. You can add them to pies, in smoothies or pureed. You can also add slivers of juicy peaches on yogurt for a filling, nutritious summer snack!
All types of berries are low in carbs and high in antioxidants and vitamins. We recommend blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. These fruits are low in sugar but are packed with fiber and phytochemicals too. A three-quarters cup of blueberries yields just 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. If you’re craving for something sweet, just pack a handful of any berries of your choice. You can also give your breakfast oatmeal a nutritious punch by adding blueberries. If you’re craving for ice cream but you’re watching your weight, get plain yogurt and add berries!
Rounding up our list of low-carbohydrate fruits are oranges! Orange is low in calories, low in sugar and high in fiber and vitamin C! It also contains folate, potassium, and antioxidants. An average sized orange contains 62 calories and 15 grams of fat. You can take it as a juice, on its own or mixed to your favorite salad.