The Top 10 Fruits Lowest in Sugar

Fruits are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, and probably several other great nutrients yet unknown to nutrition. For people wanting all those great benefits while minimizing their sugar intake, below is a list of the top 12 fruits lowest in sugar. These include olives, avocados, rhubarb, limes, starfruit, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.

While olives and avocados are high in heart-healthy fats, they are also high in calories, so are best eaten in moderation. Rhubarb, limes, and cranberries are typically consumed with added sugar, so read product nutrition facts and ingredients to be sure there is no added sugar.

Below are the top 10 foods lowest in sugar, for more information, see the section on fruit serving sizes with less than 8 grams of sugar, and the article on high sugar fruits.


#1: Olives
Olives Naturally Do Not Contain Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 large (4g)1 tbsp (8g)
0g (0 tsp) 0g (0 tsp)0g (0 tsp)
While olives do not contain sugar naturally, some pickled olives may contain sugar, depending on how they are pickled. Pickled olives also tend to be high in sodium. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#2: Avocados
Up to 0.7% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, cubes (150g)1 Avocado (201g)
0.7g (0.2 tsp) 1g (0.2 tsp)1.3g (0.3 tsp)
Avocados are high in heart healthy fats, however an average avocado contains 322 calories. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#3: Rhubarb
Up to 1.1% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, diced (122g)1 stalk (51g)
1.1g (0.3 tsp) 1.3g (0.3 tsp)0.6g (0.1 tsp)
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#4: Limes
Up to 1.7% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 NLEA serving (67g)1 NLEA serving (67g)
1.7g (0.4 tsp) 1.1g (0.3 tsp)1.1g (0.3 tsp)
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#5: Starfruit (Carambola)
Up to 4% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, cubes (132g)1 medium (3-5/8" long) (91g)
4g (1 tsp) 5.3g (1.3 tsp)3.6g (0.9 tsp)
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#6: Cranberries
Up to 4.3% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, chopped (110g)1 cup, whole (100g)
4.3g (1.1 tsp) 4.7g (1.2 tsp)4.3g (1.1 tsp)
Warning: Cranberries and cranberry juice typically have a lot of added sugar. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#7: Raspberries
Up to 4.4% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup (123g)10 raspberries (19g)
4.4g (1.1 tsp) 5.4g (1.4 tsp)0.8g (0.2 tsp)
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#8: Blackberries
Up to 4.9% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup (144g)
4.9g (1.2 tsp) 7g (1.8 tsp)
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#9: Strawberries
Up to 4.9% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, sliced (166g)1 medium (1-1/4" dia) (12g)
4.9g (1.2 tsp) 8.1g (2 tsp)0.6g (0.1 tsp)
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#10: Casaba Melon
Up to 5.7% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, cubes (170g)1 melon (1640g)
5.7g (1.4 tsp) 9.7g (2.4 tsp)93.3g (23.3 tsp)
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Half of a small asian pear (61g)4.3 grams of sugar (1.1 tsp)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Asian Pears
Half of a cup of diced watermelon (76g)4.7 grams of sugar (1.2 tsp)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Watermelon
1 cup of Raspberries (123g)5.4 grams of sugar (1.4 tsp)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Raspberries
Half a cup of papaya pieces (73g)5.7 grams of sugar (1.4 tsp)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Papaya
Half and Orange (66g)6.1 grams of sugar (1.5 tsp)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oranges
Half a cup of diced cantaloupe (78g)6.2 grams of sugar (1.6 tsp)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cantaloupes
Half of a small grapefruit (50g)7 grams of sugar (1.8 tsp)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Grapefruit
Half of a medium sized banana (59g)7.2 grams of sugar (1.8 tsp)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bananas

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.