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7 Fruits You Must Really Keep a Check On

Fruits are a cornerstone of a healthy diet, brimming with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. But the truth is, some fruits might not be as healthy as they seem.

Sarbani Bhattacharjee
Moderation is the Key for Consuming Certain Fruits                                                                                                            Source:Pixabay
Moderation is the Key for Consuming Certain Fruits Source:Pixabay

While some fruits are stacked with great health benefits, specific considerations and potential downsides exist. If you love binge-eating fruits, you must understand the downsides of over-consumption. Here are 7 fruits that deserve a second look before you blindly add them to your grocery cart:

  1. Dried Fruit:

Dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, and mangoes are convenient portable snacks. They have a concentrated sweetness and a good dose of fibre. However, the drying process removes water, leaving a smaller serving size that packs a significant sugar wallop.  A handful of dried fruit can easily contain the same amount of sugar as several pieces of fresh fruit. This concentrated sugar can spike blood sugar levels, especially for those trying to control diabetes. 

  1. Mango:

Mangoes are the undisputed king of tropical fruits, loved for their vibrant color, sweet taste, and juicy flesh. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, but here is the catch: mangoes have one of the highest sugar content. A single cup of diced mango can contain upwards of 30 grams of sugar, which is more than a can of soda! This high sugar content can be problematic as overconsumption can lead to weight gain and blood-sugar misbalance.

  1. Dates:

Dates are a natural sweetener often used as a healthy alternative to refined sugar. They are a good source of fibre, potassium, and magnesium. However, dates are also very calorie-dense. Just two dates can contain over 100 calories! While healthy in moderation, their concentrated sweetness can easily lead to overconsumption, especially for those with a sweet tooth.

  1. Bananas:

Bananas are a popular grab-and-go snack, lauded for their potassium content and readily available energy.  However, bananas also have a high glycemic index (GI), a measure of how quickly a food raises blood sugar levels. This can be problematic for individuals with diabetes or those trying to manage blood sugar spikes.

  1. Grapes:

Grapes are a delicious and refreshing fruit, packed with antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. However, grapes also contain natural sugar, primarily fructose. While fructose is generally considered healthier than refined sugar, consuming too much can still contribute to weight gain and blood sugar issues.

  1. Watermelon:

Watermelon is a quintessential summer fruit, loved for its refreshing taste and high water content.  While it does offer some vitamins and antioxidants, watermelon is also very low in calories and other essential nutrients. It will not provide the same nutritional punch as the others.  However, its hydrating properties make it a perfect choice for hot summer days, especially if staying active outdoors.

  1. Canned Fruits:

Canned fruits offer convenience and extended shelf life, but they come with a trade-off.  The canning process often involves added sugars or syrups, negating the natural health benefits of the fruit. Some essential vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C, can degrade during processing.

Enjoy the wide range of fruits that nature has to offer, but do so in moderation. Always prioritize fresh or frozen when possible, and be aware of portion sizes, especially for higher-sugar fruits and dried varieties.

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