Have you ever wondered what the fructose content is in your daily juices? If you're juicing mainly fruit, you'd be shocked to find out the amount of sugar you are actually consuming everyday.
Even though your daily juices contain fructose, not sucrose, the naturally occurring sugar could wreck havoc on your body if you consistently consume too much of it. One easy way to cut down your sugar intake is to switch up the fruits and veggies you juice each day.
Here are the best nutrient-dense, low sugar fruits to juice!
BEST LOW SUGAR FRUITS #1. BERRIES
Berries are surprisingly low in sugar.
Raspberries and blackberries both only have 3.5 grams of net carbohydrates per 1/2 of cup.
Strawberries come in slightly higher and have 5 grams of net carbohydrates per 1/2 cup, while blueberries have 9 grams of net carbohydrates per 1/2 cup.
Berries are very low in sugar, yet they will still add sweetness to your daily juices. Plus, berries have some of the highest levels of antioxidants and nutrients in them. For example, blueberries have been proven to help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke due to their very rich antioxidant content.
The thing about berries, though, is that they're notorious for their quick molding habits.
If you're planning on juicing a lot of berries - get thee some Berry Keepers - they keep berries mold-free much longer and come with stack-able trays so you can layer your berries to prevent bruising.
BEST LOW SUGAR FRUITS #2. MELONS
Melons are comprised mostly of water, so its no surprise that they are low in sugar.
Both cantaloupe and watermelon are extremely popular among avid juicers, and they both contain less than 7 grams a sugar per a 1/2 cup serving.
Watermelons only become an issue when people eat massive quantities of the fruit, and since it is mostly water, that isn’t hard to do. This fruit is high in both vitamin C and vitamin A, and is a wonderful source of lycopene. Cantaloupe (check out recipes!) is also a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A. Plus, it is full of beta-carotene, potassium and many B vitamins.
The coolest thing about juicing melons is that you can juice the whole thing for additional nutrients (and juice quantity)!
BEST LOW SUGAR FRUITS #3. CITRUS FRUITS
Citrus fruits are tangy, sweet and contain loads of water.
These fruits are moderately high in sugar, but still are so densely nutritious that they are great for your daily juices.
Oranges are common juicing fruits, and they contain 8 grams of net carbohydrates per a 1/2 cup serving.
This fruit also contains copious amounts of vitamin C, potassium, folate and thiamin. Oranges are also packed with antioxidants that can protect you from cancer and lower your risk of stroke and heart disease.
Lemons are also very common fruits for avid juicers to include in their drinks. They have only 4 grams of net carbohydrates in the entire fruit. Plus, lemons are full of vitamin C and antioxidants.
Just remember - if you're planning on juicing citrus peels, do it in moderation!
BEST LOW SUGAR FRUITS #4. TOMATOES
Tomatoes are incredibly low in sugar. One whole medium tomato only has around 3 grams of net carbohydrates.
Even though tomatoes taste quite sweet, they actually contain very little sugar, and are prefect for creating deliciously sweet juices.
Plus, tomatoes are very high in vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A, potassium, manganese, and lycopene. Find out more benefits of tomatoes!
BEST LOW SUGAR FRUITS #5. PAPAYA
Papayas are moderately high in sugar and contain around 6 grams of net carbohydrates in a 1/2 cup serving.
What makes it worth it is that it scores very high on its nutritional report card as well.
Papaya contains high amounts of both vitamin C and vitamin A and are also a wonderful source of potassium and folate. Plus, papaya’s are high in both carotenes and flavonoids, both groups of antioxidants that can protect you from cancer, inflammation and chronic disease.
BEST LOW SUGAR FRUITS #6. GUAVA
Guava are incredibly nutritious fruits that are fairly low in sugar. In a 1/2 cup serving, guava contain only 7 net carbohydrates.
These fruits are packed full of vitamin C as well. One whole guava fruit contains around 200% of your daily value of vitamin C. The fruit also contains vitamin A, folate, magnesium, copper and potassium.
Plus, it is full of carotenoids and polyphenols which can help reduce free radical damage in your body, lower your risk of heart disease and keep your skin aging beautifully.