The type of foods that you eat on the HCG diet is based on their sugar, carb and fat content. On your 500 calories phase, you may eat 200 grams of protein a day. You can drink water, coffee and tea as much as you want, provided that you will not add sugar to your drinks. You can have two servings of vegetable a day, one for each meal. However, you are not allowed to mix your veggies. For the carb intake, only one grissini or Melba toast is allowed. But if you don’t feel like eating your carb you may opt to eat fruits in place of your missing calories. Here is a quick view of fruits that you can and cannot have during the HCG diet. They are listed from the lowest to the highest sugar content;
- Berries– They are low in sugar but high in antioxidant.
- Summer fruits– Peaches, melons, apricots and nectarines are next in sugar order.
- Winter fruits– Apples, oranges, pears are moderate in sugar.
- Tropical fruits– Mangoes, bananas, pineapples and fresh figs are high in sugar. So you cannot have them while on the HCG diet.
- Dried fruits– They are actually low in sugar but a lot of sugar has been added to combat the tartness. Raisins, dates, prunes, apricots and figs are just some of the dried fruits not allowed on the HCG diet.
Fruits with low sugar:
- Lemon and lime: are rarely eaten but they are converted into juice. But you can add them on your foods to add flavor. It contains 1.3 grams of sugar per cup.
- Apricot: Just watch out for the portion. You can enjoy them skin-on or whole. Apricot contains 3.2 grams of sugar per small apricot.
- Cranberries: has 4 grams of sugar per cup. They are low in sugar and are usually sweetened when used dried.
- Raspberries: has 5 grams of sugar per cup. You can enjoy eating raspberries as an ingredient or as a topping.
- Kiwi: has 6 grams of sugar per kiwi.
Fruits with moderate sugar:
- Strawberries and blackberries: They each contain 7 grams of sugar per cup. They are an excellent choice for snacks or as an ingredient for smoothies.
- Grapefruits: has 8 grams per half grapefruit. You can have grapefruit over a salad or by itself.
- Tangerines: They have less sugar than oranges. They contain 9 grams of sugar per medium size of a tangerine.
- Papaya, oranges: contains 12 grams of sugar per small size of orange and papaya.
- Blueberries: has 15 grams of sugar per cup.
Fruits high in sugar:
- Pineapple: contains 16 grams of sugar per slice
- Pears: has 17 grams of sugar per medium size of a pear
- Bananas: has 17 grams of sugar per banana
- Watermelon: contains 18 grams of sugar per wedge
- Apples: has 19 grams of sugar per small apple
- Mango: contains 46 grams of sugar per fruit
- Prunes: has 66 g of sugar per cup
- Raisins: has 86 g of sugar per cup
- Dates: has 93 grams of sugar per cup