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What Fruit Has the Lowest Calorie Count?

author image Kelsey Casselbury
Kelsey Casselbury has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State-University Park and formal education in fitness and nutrition. Collins is an experienced blogger, editor and designer, who specializes in nutrition, fitness, weddings, food and parenting topics. She has been published in association and consumer publications, along with daily newspapers such as The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.)
What Fruit Has the Lowest Calorie Count?
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Fruit offers fiber, vitamins and minerals, but it can also contain a high number of calories. One serving equals 1 cup of fruit, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Choose wisely to enjoy a healthy snack without taking in too many calories.

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First Place: Watermelon

Watermelon wins as the fruit with the least number of calories per cup. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, 1 cup of diced watermelon contains just 46 calories. For those calories, it offers less than 1 gram each of fat, protein and fiber, but 11.6 grams of carbohydrates, including 9.5 grams of natural sugars.

Second Place: Strawberries

If watermelon isn't available, strawberries ring in as the second-lowest for calories, with 53 calories per cup of sliced berries. A cup of strawberries also provides 3 grams of fiber along with 1.5 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of fat and 12.7 grams of carbohydrates, including 8 grams of sugar.

Third Place: Papaya

Papaya comes in third -- 1 cup of diced papaya contains 62 calories, along with 2.5 grams of fiber. It also has less than 1 gram each of fat and protein, but 15.7 grams of carbohydrates, including 11 grams of sugar.

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