What fruits have a low sugar content?

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    I like to make fruit salads for desert. However, a few people I know can't eat that much sugar, so I would like to create a fruit salad which has a low sugar content.

    Typically, as a base for the salad, I use a splash of water, lemon/lime juice, sugar/honey and Port. Obviously, I would have to consider changing this base. The fruits I typically use are: apples, oranges, bananas, kiwi, mango, papaya, strawberry and pomegranate.

    However, I don't know what is the sugar content of these fruits. Therefore I ask, which fruits have the least amount of sugar (compared to a base weight, that is) and which fruit combinations would still make a good salad? I am not looking for anything fancy or incredibly tasty, just a regular fruit salad.

    My grocer has a wide diversity of fruits, so fruit suggestions are also appreciated.

  • As a metric, if you are concerned about cutting back on sugar you might consider fruits and sugars with a lower glycemic load index (GI; higher causes spikes in blood sugar) as a metric for seeking more ingredients.

    Sugars with low glycemic load indices are agave nectar (GI: 15) and brown rice syrup (GI: 25), relative to white sugar and honey.

    Fruits with low glycemic indices are

    Food | GI Value

    Cherries 22

    Grapefruit 25

    Prunes 29

    Apricots, dried 30

    Apple 38

    Peach, canned in juice 38

    Pear, fresh 38

    Plum 39

    Strawberries 40

    Orange, Navel 42

    Peach, fresh 42

    Pear, canned 43

    Grapes 46

    For more references and ingredients, here are two lists.

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