Fruit is an area where some of the low-carb diets part company, as some depend more upon glycemic index or glycemic load (South Beach, Zone), while others just look at total carbs (Atkins, Protein Power). Also, some diets (Atkins, South Beach) don’t allow fruit at all in the first phase. In general, your best bet fruits are the ones near the top of this list, but do check carb counts (alphabetical list). These are roughly arranged by sugar content – where the information is available, based on a half-cup serving of fruit. However, since carb counts vary, all nutritional information is always approximate.
Good news: the fruits lowest in sugar are some of the highest in nutritional value, including antioxidants and other phytonutrients.
Quick Tip to Help you Remember Fruits High and Low in Sugar
Fruits Lowest in Sugar
Small Amounts of Lemon or Lime
Raspberries (more about berries on low carb diets)
Fruits Low to Medium in Sugar
Guavas — Pineapple Guavas (Feijoa) and Strawberry Guavas are probably similar, but information that directly compares them is not available
Fruits Fairly High in Sugar
Fruits Very High in Sugar
Dried Fruit, such as dates, raisins, dried apricots, and prunes.
By Laura Dolson, about.com