Nutritionists Say This Fruit Has as Much Sugar as a Dairy Milk Caramel

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away," the old saying goes, but did you know that some fruits are hidden sugar mines? This seems like nature's evil joke, tricking us into thinking we're being healthy when really we're downing tablespoons of sugar, doesn't it? "Forbidden fruit," it seems, is a very all too real.

But before swearing off the fruit section of the grocery store for good, take note that only a few are high glycemic. "It's important to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables for optimal health, but some fruits are dense with sugar and lack fibre," says Paula Simpson, RNCP and co-founder of Zea Skin Solutions.

"These types of fruits are considered 'high glycemic,' meaning they're rapidly digested, causing quick spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels," she continues. "This hill-and-valley response can increase risks of insulin resistance, lethargy, sugar cravings (due to unbalanced blood sugar levels) and weight gain over the long term."

All nutritionists we surveyed agreed that berries and apples are the healthiest fruits. For example, one raspberry or blueberry has just one calorie. Apples and berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries) have a high fibre content, which ticks off the boxes for optimal digestion and healthy blood glucose levels. Below, we've called out the most sugar-laden fruits.