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You Ask, I Answer: Carbohydrate Content of Fruit

Posted Nov 13 2009 10:15pm

plantain Out of curiosity, does a fruit or vegetable’s ripeness factor in its carbohydrate value?

– Kate Redfern
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No.

A piece of fruit contains the same amount of carbohydrates regardless of its ripeness.  A green plantain is not lower in carbohydrates than an overly ripe yellow banana.

Prior to ripeness, carbohydrates in fruit exist mostly as starch.

With time, that starch naturally converts into sugars.

Since all carbohydrates (whether in sugar or starch form) contain 4 calories per gram, caloric content is not affected by this change.

Contrary to what many people believe, the sweeter taste of ripe fruit does not mean extra carbohydrates or extra calories.

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