The 7 fruits with the highest calorie counts

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And that’s why 2017 research shows that increasing your intake of both fruits and veggies can slash your risk of dying from chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer.

So eat fruit! But here’s the rub: if you’re trying to lose weight, eating fruit in unlimited quantities will only work against you.

The reality is that fruit does contain calories and natural sugars, says New York City-based registered dietitian nutritionist Martha McKittrick. Instead, aim for about two servings of fruit a day.

You can also treat it as a worthy substitute for dessert to scratch your sugar itch.

“I’d much rather see you eat fruit if you’re craving something sweet rather than candy or chocolate,” adds McKittrick.

Clearly, any fruit can have a nice, solid place in your diet.

The bottom line, says McKittrick: Don't be afraid of fruit, just keep portions in mind. That's why it pays to know what fruits are higher in calories.

In general, those tend to be your avocado (yep, that bowl of guac is a bowl of fruit), coconut, dried fruit and fruit juice, she notes. Swap them out for lower-calorie fruit choices (like berries) and you’ll be able to eat a greater quantity to keep you full.

All of the below can be incorporated into a nutritious and satisfying diet as long as you’re aware of how much you’re eating.

From avocados and coconut to dates, figs, and raisins, here are the fruits that pack a lot of calories, often into a tiny package:

1. Avocados 

Calories: 322 per whole avocado

Benefits: This is a calorie-rich fruit because it’s packed with good-for-your-heart monounsaturated fats. (In fact, one whole fruit has nearly 30 grams of fat.)

That’s why eating half may be a better option. Along with that fat, you’ll get an excellent source of digestion-friendly fibre, too.

READ MORE: 5 Low-Carb Fruits That Are Super Good For You

2. Figs

Calories: 150 per five small figs

When fig season happens, the healthy Insta community gets excited. Figs dominate toast creations and yogurt bowls.

One reason: they’re candy sweet. And in fact each small fig contains seven grams of sugar, one reason they tend to be higher in caloriess. But with that sugar, you’re also getting some important nutrients, like bone-building vitamin K and manganese.

3. Dates

Calories: 1 158 calories per 100 grams of pitted medjool dates

These are a smoothie lover’s go-to when adding a burst of sweetness to the mix. A 100-calorie serving packs about 25 grams of natural fruit sugar. But don’t worry too much—they’re also a good source of fibre to slow digestion.

READ MORE: Here’s Exactly How Much Fruit It’s Safe To Eat Per Week

4. Shredded coconut

Calories: 466 per cup

Yes, this tropical fruit adds a nice hint of sweet and crunch to oatmeal and yogurt—along with calories, too.

It comes from the higher fat content in coconut, but the upshot of additional fat is that it’s satiating. Look for unsweetened coconut to help cut calories a bit.

5. Raisins

Calories: 429 per cup

With all the water sucked out of them, dried fruit becomes a more concentrated source of sugar.

“The kilojoules add up fast, “ says McKittrick. A cup of grapes only has 15 calories, so you can eat far more volume if you go the fresh route.

READ MORE: The 4 Best Fruits To Eat If You’re Trying To Lose Weight

6. Bananas

Calories: 121 per large banana

Have you seen bananas these days? They can be huge. And that may mean that eating one actually counts as two servings of fruit.

‘Naners do offer some great nutrients, including heart-healthy potassium and immune-revving vitamin C—just choose one on the smaller side.

7. Prunes

Calories: 418 per cup of pitted prunes

Like with raisins and dates, prunes (dried plums) have higher sugar and calorie counts than their fresh counterparts.

However, they also are high in fibre and have been shown to aid weight-loss efforts—so don’t nix them from your shopping list entirely.

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