Carbohydrates are found in almost all living things and play a critical role in the proper functioning of the immune system, fertilization, blood clotting, and human development. A deficiency of carbohydrates can lead to impaired functioning of all these systems, however, in the Western world, deficiency is rare. Excessive consumption of carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates like sugar or corn syrup, can lead to obesity, type II diabetes, and cancer. Unhealthy high carbohydrate foods include sugary cereals, crackers, cakes, flours, jams, preserves, bread products, refined potato products, and sugary drinks. Healthy high carbohydrate foods include vegetables, legumes (beans), whole grains, fruits, nuts, and yogurt. Below is a list of foods highest in carbohydrates, for more see the extended list of carb rich foods to avoid. For more healthy high carbohydrate choices see the list of healthy high carb foods.
Other Sugars, Syrups & Sweeteners High in Carbohydrate (Grams per teaspoon): Fructose (4g), Aspartame (3.6g), Honey (3.3g), Powdered Sugar (3g), Brown Sugar (2.9g), and Maple Syrup (2.7g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#2: Candies (Jelly Gumdrops)
Per 10 candies (36g)
Other Candies High in Carbohydrate (Grams per 10 candies): Almond Nougat (129g), Chocolate Tootsie Rolls (61g), Hard Candies (59g), Low Calorie Gum Drops (44g), Butterscotch (43.5g), Low Calorie Candies (30g), Chewing Gum (29g), Jellybeans (26.2g), Sugarless Chewing Gum (19g), and Skittles (10g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#3: Cereals (Frosted Rice Crispies)
In a 3/4 cup (30g)
Other Cereals High in Carbohydrate (Grams per 3/4 cup (NLEA Serving)): Crispy Rice (28.5g), Cocoa Crispies (27.2g), Corn Pops (26.9g), Frosted Flakes (26.8g), Reduced-Sugar Frosted Flakes (26.3g), Honey Crunch Corn Flakes (26.1g), Marshmallow Froot Loops & Cocoa Dyno-Bites (25.9g), Apple Jacks with Marshmallow (25.1g), Golden Crisp & Fruity Dyno-Bites (24.3g), Golden Puffs (24.2g), Honey Smacks (23.9g), Bran Flakes (23.8g), and Fruit & Nut Muesli (23.3g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
Other Snacks High in Carbohydrate (Grams per ounce): Fat-Free Caramel Popcorn (25.2g), Pretzels (22.8g), Rice Cakes (white rice) (22.7g), KELLOGS Rice Krispies Squares (22.5), Granola Bars (with added sugar) (22.2g), Breakfast Bars (20.4), Low Fat Cheese Puffs (20.3), and Flavoured Tortilla Chips (17.7g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#5: Cookies & Cakes (Fortune Cookes)
Per cookie (8g)
Other Cookies & Cakes High in Carbohydrate (Grams per ounce): Fudge Cake Cookies (21.9g), Gingerbread Men & Plain or Low-Fat Graham Crackers (21.8g), Gingersnaps (21.5g), Sugar-Free Chocolate Cookies & Animal Crackers (21g), Butter Cookies (20.8g), Vanilla Cream Sandwich (20.7g), and Low-Fat Vanilla Wafers (20.6g). (Grams per piece or slice): Coffee Cake (29.6g), Fruit Cake (26.5g), Sponge Cake (23.2g), Low-Fat Cake Snacks (19.6g), and Fat-Free Devil's Food Cake (11.9g).Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#6: Refined Flours (White, All-Purpose Flour)
Per cup (125g)
Other Types of Flour High in Carbohydrate (Grams per cup): Potato Flour (133g), White Rice Flour (126.6g), Refined Sorghum Flour (123.7g), White Bread Flour (99.4), White Self-Raising Flour (92.8g), and Light Rye Flour (78.2g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
Other Breads High in Carbohydrate (Grams per slice/piece): French Bread (72.1g), Naan Bread 45.4g, Deep Dish Pizza (39.5g), Pan-Dulce (Sweet Bread) (35.5g), Pita Bread (33.4g), Thin-Crust Pizza (27g), English Muffin (26.2g), Raisin Bread (16.5g), Flour Tortilla (15.4g), and White Bread (14.3g).Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#9: Potatoes (Hash Browns)
Per cup (156g)
Other Potato Products High in Carbohydrate (Grams per serving): Mashed Potato (35.3g), Instant Mashed Potato (33.9), Candied Sweet Potato (33.7g), 10 French Fries (21.2g), 1 Medium Potato Pancake (10.3g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#10: Sugary Drinks (Cola)
Per can 12 fl ounces (368g)
Other Drinks and Fruits Juices High in Carbohydrates (Grams per cup, 8-12oz): Strawberry Milkshake (53.3g), Guava Nectar (40.8g), NAKED Blue Machine Fruit Smoothie (40g), Fruit Flavoured Drink (38.2g), Grape Juice (37.4g), Passion Fruit Juice (35.7g), Orange Breakfast Drink (33.4g), Green Goodness Smoothie (32.8g), Pomegranate Juice (32.7g), and Pineapple Juice (32.2g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.