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I have been told to limit simple sugars (aka simple carbs?) Is it OK to have fruit? Which fruits and veggies contain the most complex carbs?

Many fruit contain sugar which,  as you noted, is a simple carbohydrate. Fruits that are lower in sugar include avocado (0g in 1oz.), strawberries (8g in 8 medium strawberries), tangerines (9g in 1 medium), pineapple (10g in 4oz.) and cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew and nectarines each with 11g in 1 serving (about 5oz.).  However, whole fruits (not juice) do contain fiber which is a complex carbohydrate that is not digested.  It also may help to slow absorption of sugar. 

Starch is a complex carb. Most vegetables are high in fiber but low in both sugar and starch so are excellent for low-carb diets. Starchy vegetables contain more starch. They include white and sweet potatoes, corn and peas, but each of these contains less than 10g of carbohydrate in a serving. For comparison, a slice of whole wheat bread contains about 12g of carbohydrate.

I would suggest you consult a registered dietitian who can help you plan your diet with consideration of the medical reason you were told to limit simple sugars.  You can find a registered dietitian at www.eatright.org , or your physician may be able to recommend someone to you.

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