Which fruits are best for helping weight loss?

Duffield1

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I eat a lot of bananas, apples and oranges as part of my current diet (with lots of veggies at meal times), but am getting bored of eating the same thing all the time.

However, I know that sugar contents and even fat content varies from fruit to fruit, not to mention the different costs, particularly of berries.

Which fruits should I be opting for, and which ones should I avoid?
 

gosu_smurf

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Fruits Very High in Sugar
  • Tangerines
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates
  • Mangos
  • Figs
  • Bananas
  • Dried Fruit, such as dates, raisins, dried apricots, and prunes

Fruits Fairly High in Sugar
  • Plums
  • Oranges
  • Kiwifruit
  • Pears
  • Pineapple

Fruits Low to Medium in Sugar
  • Strawberries
  • Casaba Melon
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Honeydew melons
  • Apples
  • Guavas -- Pineapple Guavas (Feijoa) and Strawberry Guavas are probably similar, but information that directly compares them is not available
  • Apricots
  • Grapefruit

Fruits Lowest in Sugar
  • Small Amounts of Lemon or Lime
  • Rhubarb
  • Raspberries (more about berries on low carb diets)
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
 
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Duffield1

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Isn't it just typical that most of my favourite fruits appear pretty high on the list!

I do love rhubarb, but that is out of season, and you have to cook it, which this diet of mine doesn't permit. Similarly with blackberries and raspberries - I love them in a pie with lots of icecream , but no so much on their own!
 

luXy

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Btw, the fat content in fruits is negligible. One exception is avocados, which do contain more fat than other fruits (The fat in avocados is primarily mono-unsaturated fat, which is associated with a heart healthy diet.).
 

karmaman

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Don't forget about the pesticide content if you're not buying organic fruits. There are some fruits that are rarely effected even when sprayed with the stuff, but others absorb a lot of it and have skins that keep it from washing off.

The top 6 worst fruits for pesticide content are:
1

Apples (cutting the skin off helps some)
2

Strawberries
3

Peaches
4

Nectarines
– imported
5

Grapes – imported
6

Blueberries
– domestic
 

mika

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I love eating apples specially the skin so I really need to find an apple grown without pesticides. :p
I think fiber content is good to be considered too in choosing fruits since it helps eliminate toxins and improve digestive system.
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FruitsServing sizeTotal fiber (grams)*
Raspberries 1 cup 8.0
Pear, with skin 1 medium 5.5
Apple, with skin 1 medium 4.4
Strawberries (halves) 1 1/4 cup 3.8
Banana 1 medium 3.1
Orange 1 medium 3.1
Figs, dried 2 medium 1.6
Raisins 2 tablespoons 1.0
 

soccerbai123

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Wow, thank you so much for this information. I have been eating a lot of fruits and I thought all of them can help lose weight. This will be my guide. Thank you.
 
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Great information. I eat guava and other citrus fruits. I'm not acidic anyway. I love pineapples and strawberries as well.
 

Alli

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Seriously, all fruit helps you lose weight if it replaces higher calorie foods. I've heard lots of chatter about not eating fruits "high in sugar" but I've never heard of anyone who got fat from eating too many grapes or bananas or tangerines.
People get fat from eating too much bread, cake, candies, hamburgers, etc.
Seriously, tangerines are NOT the problem here.
If you eat 20 pieces of fruit a day, even those on the "high sugar" list, you're gonna be too full to eat much else and you will lose weight. You'll also be much healthier with all those nutrients, so you'll feel great.
When I add three to five fruit snacks a day, I lose weight, even if I change nothing else in my diet. Pears, apples, raisins, bananas, prunes, watermelon, and grapes tend to be my main fruit sources (primarily because those are my son's favorites and any fruit the toddler wants is a fruit that is welcome in our home)
I believe the effect comes in because I end up not eating as much at meals (because I'm full from that fruit an hour ago) and I don't mindlessly snack on unhealthy stuff (because, again, I'm full from that fruit an hour ago)
 

Shawndellah

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My favorite fruits are bananas for the morning to get my energy and have time for it to stabilize out in my body. Then the rest of the day, I like to eat peaches. Peaches are a natural diuretic and keep me from having to worry about bloating with all the water I drink constantly for my diabetes regulation.

The lists posted are very helpful. I'm printing them out to put on my refrigerator.