Health Tip from Soupermom!
As we’re in the height of summer, let’s chat about summer fruit. This is my favorite time of year. The market is bursting with all of my favorite fruits – peaches, nectarines, melons, plums, and so much more. I sometimes hear of people avoiding fruit because it has a higher sugar content then vegetables. I hate to hear of people eliminating beautiful, local, seasonal food completely from their diets – especially something as healthy as fruit!
However, it is probably a good idea to exercise a bit of moderation when it comes to fruit, just to keep an eye on our sugar intake. For reference, here’s a list of general sugar content in fruit (understanding that this will vary based on size, of course):
1 cup of blackberries: 7 grams of sugar
1 apple: 13 grams of sugar
1 cup of sliced strawberries: 8 grams of sugar
1 cup of grapes: 23 grams of sugar
1 banana: 18 grams of sugar
1 peach: 13 grams of sugar
1 cup of diced watermelon: 9 grams of sugar
As you can see, there is a pretty wide range of sugar content in fruit. The great thing is that the sugar occurs alongside fiber and other nutrients in the fruit. So eating a peach isn’t going to have nearly the same effect on your body as drinking a soda! The fiber slows down the digestion process. Also, snacking on a peach means you’re also filling up with Vitamin-A, Potassium, Vitamin-C, and more!
So yes, eat your peaches, watermelons, plums, and more! Just use a tiny bit of moderation.
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!