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Fructose Levels in an Orange

author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
Fructose Levels in an Orange
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Fructose is a simple sugar found in various foods, including fruit and honey. If you have fructose intolerance, you can tolerate small amounts of it, but you may experience gastrointestinal issues if you eat foods with higher levels. This is different from hereditary fructose intolerance, which requires complete avoidance of fructose.

Oranges Have the Green Light

Oranges are rich in vitamin C, folate and minerals such as potassium and calcium. If you're following a fructose-restricted diet, the good news is oranges are relatively low in fructose, containing about 3 grams on average, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Public Health. However, avoid orange juice since it's rich in fructose. It's best to eat fruit in moderation and as part of a meal instead of separately as a snack if you have fructose intolerance, according to the university.

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