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Fruits with Low Concentrations of Fructose

author image Tara Carson
Based in Richmond, Va., Tara Carson has written articles for editorial and corporate online and print publications for more than 10 years. She has experience as an adjunct professor of nutrition at Northwest Christian University and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and nutrition from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Fruits with Low Concentrations of Fructose
Citrus fruits are low-fructose.

Fructose intolerance and malabsoprtion are disorders that affect as many as one in 20,000 people, according to the National Institutes of Health. In these cases, liver, kidney and digestive complications result if fructose is not removed from the diet. Varying degrees of the disorders exist, and low-fructose foods may be tolerated in some cases. If you suffer from these disorders, your physician can advise you on whether low-fructose fruits would be acceptable in your diet.

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The apricot is a stone fruit related to the peach that's been cultivated in China for at least 4,000 years. Today, California is the principal producer in the United States. Apricots are in season in June and July and last approximately 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. A 3.5-ounceserving of apricots provides 0.9 grams of fructose.

Citrus Fruits

Spoonful of grapefruit
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Citrus fruits are more tart than sweet, indicating the low fructose levels of grapefruit, lime and lemon. A 3.5-ounce serving of each contains 1.8 grams, 1.7 grams and 2.5 grams of sugar, respectively.


Cantaloupe slices
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A cantaloupe is a juicy, fragrant melon, also known as a muskmelon. Aside from its vitamin A and C content, a cantaloupe contains a low level of fructose. A 3.5-ounce serving gives you 1.9 grams.


Bowl of strawberries
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A strawberry is a hardy, extraordinarily flavorful member of the rose family. Most people would call it sweet, but its fructose content is low relative to most other fruits. It contains just 2.4 grams per 3.5 ounce. Buy strawberries in season from April to September.

Avocado and Tomato

Avocado and tomato slices with arugula
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Many people consider the avocado and tomato vegetables, but botanically these are fruits. The avocado is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat, and it has a low sugar content: only 0.12 grams. The tomato ranges in color from yellow to red to purple, and is seasonal during the summer. In addition to its concentrated disease-fighting antioxidant content, it contains a mere 1.4 grams of fructose.

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