We can’t stress enough how good fruit is for you. It contains many essential vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants, and is a healthier sweet option than many other foods. Eating fruits and vegetables on the daily can help slash your risk of death and reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
However, fruit has gotten a bad reputation lately with the advent of low-carb, high-protein diets. That’s because all fruit has naturally-occurring sugars and thus has a higher carbohydrate count, says registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of Read It Before You Eat It. People assume that there isn’t a low-carb fruit and go so far as to skip eating fruit altogether for fear of overloading on carbs and sugar.
But those fears are misguided, says Taub-Dix. While of course some people who are diabetic or hypoglycemic do need to be mindful of all sugar and carb intake, even from fruit, she says she has never met anyone who has gained weight because they ate too much fruits and vegetables. It’s important to remember that fruit (and how many carbs they have) are just one part of the nutritional picture. And the carbs you’d find in fruit are of course not the same as the processed carbohydrates you’d find in a slice of white bread.
That said, there are certainly some low-carb fruit options out there if you’re truly concerned. So if you’re embarking on a low-carb diet (or just looking to find a sweet treat that’s lower in sugar and carbs), these five fruit options can’t be beat.