When you’re looking to lose weight, fruit is often recommended as a healthy snack, used to replace your previous candy bars or potato chips, but what many people fail to realise is that certain fruits contain high amounts of calories, which could hinder their weight loss progress.
Due to the fruit’s natural water being removed during the drying process, dried fruits are a lot smaller than the freshly picked product. This means a high number of calories are packed into a very small bite. A cup of raisins, prunes, dates or currants, for example, equates to almost 500 calories. The fact they’re so easy to eat, almost like candy, means you’ll consume far more than just a few pieces, and the result could take you way over your daily calorie intake goal.
Avocado is high in fat content, giving it a high calorie count overall. A single cup of pureed avocado contains around 385 calories – almost 20% of your recommended daily intake, based on the 2000 calorie per day recommended for women.
Durian, known for its awful smell yet delicious, creamy center, contains 357 calories per cup. This may not come as too much of a surprise, due to the fact its milky texture feels relatively indulgent, however can still be unexpected to see such high calorie content in otherwise healthy produce.
A cup of tamarind pulp contains around 287 calories, however it is rich in fiber, B vitamins and minerals. Most of the calorie content comes from sugar, which is naturally occurring, however there are low-sugar alternative fruits that are much better suited to casual snacking. Tamarind can instead be used as a paste, often used to complement steak sauces, chutneys or desserts.
Sugar apples, also known as custard apples, contain 235 calories per cup. Although indulgent, they’re still healthier than most desserts due to their antioxidant properties, vitamins, magnesium and dietary fiber, making them a delicious after-dinner treat.