Nutritionists Say This Fruit Has as Much Sugar as a Bag of Sour Patch Kids

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, as the saying goes, but did you know that some fruits are hidden sugar mines? This seems like nature's evil joke, tricking us into thinking we're being healthy when really we're downing tablespoons of sugar. Forbidden fruit, it seems, is a very plausible concept. 

Before swearing off the fruit section of the grocery store for good, take note that only a few are high glycemic: "It's important to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables for optimal health, but some fruits are dense with sugar and lack fiber," says Paula Simpson, RNCP, co-founder of Zea Skin Solutions. "These types of fruits are considered 'high glycemic,' meaning they are rapidly digested, causing quick spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. This hill-and-valley response can increase risks for insulin resistance, lethargy, and sugar cravings (due to unbalanced blood sugar levels), and weight gain over the long term." 

All nutritionists we surveyed agreed that berries and apples are the best fruits: one raspberry or blueberry has one calorie, and apples and berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries) have high fiber content which ticks off the boxes for optimal digestion and healthy blood glucose levels.

Below, take a look at the most sugar-laden fruits.

Next up, this is the unhealthiest vegetable you can eat, according to Harvard scientists.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Quotes have been edited for content.

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