Summer is coming and lots of delicious fruit is coming in-season! While fruit is full of essential vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, it also has sugar. Fortunately, the naturally occurring sugar (fructose) in fruit also occurs alongside fiber and water, which helps your body absorb the naturally occurring sugar slowly and steadily. Even so, eating excessive amounts of fruit can lead to the packing on of a few extra pounds. As with all foods, portion control is a must, so here’s an easy visual you can hang on your fridge to remind you what 100-calorie portions of your favorite fruit look like.
Note: The amount of natural sugar in fruit varies widely. For example, raspberries are relatively low in sugar, while apples are relatively high in sugar. A 1-cup serving of raspberries contains about 5 grams of sugar, and one medium apple with skin contains about 19 grams of sugar. Most other varieties of fruit fall somewhere in between.