For simplicity sake, let’s call the consumption of fruits and vegetables, ‘freggies’. I’ll be repeatedly using the term fruits and vegetables through this post so it would be easier to combine the two!
Ever since I started my high-fat, low-carb diet, I’ve been gradually neglecting certain freggies.
When we think of ‘weight-loss’, we tend to associate this with an increase in the consumption of freggies – predominantly due to their lower calorie content. This is a good strategy, of course. But are all fruits and vegetables created equal? Not necessarily.
Sure, freggies provide distinct nutrients that we need for a well-balanced and varied diet. But have you ever considered their sugar content? Food for thought, literally.
If you’re on a specific diet or are simply looking to cut out sugars (even fruit sugars), it is important you know which fruits and vegetables are relatively lower in sugar.
Low sugar fruits are considered to have anywhere between 0.4 – 6.2 grams of sugar per 100 grams. Some great fruit options that fit within this range are: Berries, grapefruit, lemon, limes, plum, cantaloupe, guavas, avocados and tomatoes.
Moving on to vegetables, well they are generally lower in sugar than most fruits…you can tell because they’re not as sweet! Opt for these sources of vegetables:
Broccoli, sweet potato, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, leafy greens, celery, mushrooms, bell peppers, mushrooms, artichokes, egg plants, and onions.
BOTTOM LINE: Taking into consideration the calorie amount of foods is certainly a good way to program your diet and improve eating habits, but always have a think of the CONTENT as well. It makes a difference.