The Truth About Sugar In Fruit–And How Much Each Fruit Contains

It’s no secret that fruit contains sugar. Usually, these sugars aren’t counted in dietary or health guidelines. When the American Heart Association measures sugar, for instance, they only measure added sugar–sweeteners that are not naturally occurring.

But that hasn’t stopped concerns about how much glucose is in fruit. People on more strict diets need to know if snacking on a pear will throw off their day. Are fruits really healthy with all that sweetness? And which fruits have more sucrose than others? Read on to learn the under-discussed truth about sugar in fruits.

Figs Are One Of The Sweetest

Figs are the most sugar-dense fruit around. With eight grams of sugar per fig, one serving of this fruit adds up to 32 grams of sugar. But even in dried figs, these sugars are all-natural. Figs provide many nutrients on top of their sugar.

A close up shows sliced fig fruits.
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Figs are high in fiber and potassium that benefit gut health. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends using figs over empty-calorie sugars, since the latter lack nutritional benefit. Add them to desserts, cereal, and muffins to get your sweet dose without loading up on added sugar.