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by Jordan Davidson, for Rodale’s Organic Life
Skipping sugar may be the current craze, but if you’re eliminating organic fruit from your diet you’re doing yourself a disservice. “Fruit provides a lot of things we need,” says registered dietician Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of Read It Before You Eat It. “It provides vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It also hydrates us and provides us with fiber, which fills us up.”
If you are avoiding sugar—for diabetes management or just to improve your health—there are plenty of guilt-free fruits you can eat.
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Berries are a great option when it comes to picking fruit that’s low in sugar. A cup of strawberries has only seven grams of sugar and provides more than your daily recommendation of vitamin C.
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The best way to minimize your sugar intake is to be mindful of your portion sizes, says Taub-Dix. Grapefruit is a great option as an alternative to sugary snacks, but stick to the serving size—half of one of the fruits, which contains only 8 grams of sugar.