Low Carb Diets and Fruit

Many people are hesitant to begin a low-carb lifestyle because they have heard they will never be able to eat fruit again. Not true. In fact, some of the most nutritious fruits, and highest in antioxidants, are low in sugar and fine for those who are on reduced-carb diet plans.

The best fruits are:

• Small Amounts of Lemon or Lime
• Rhubarb
• Raspberries
• Blackberries
• Cranberries

See how good berries are? Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries, salmon berries, gooseberries are all packed with antioxidants and vitamins. They are the most nutritionally-dense fruit you can eat. Aim for a half-cup to one cup daily.

All berry counts given here are for 1/4 cup. They are effective carb counts, with the fiber already removed.

blackberries - 2.7g
blueberries - 4.1g
cranberries - 2.0g
raspberries - 1.5g
strawberries - 1.8g

The fruits that should be limited because they are very high in sugar include these:

• Tangerines
• Cherries
• Grapes
• Pomegranates
• Mangos
• Figs
• Bananas
• Dried Fruit, such as

o Dates
o Raisins
o Dried Apricots
o Prunes

Plus, canned fruits are sometimes packed in heavy syrup. Some fruits that are sold frozen are sweetened. Sweeteners can have a dramatic change on the amount of carbs in the fruit. If you're not buying fresh fruit make sure you read the product label for carb information and remember to count the grams of fiber out of the total carb number.

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