Top 10 Foods Highest in Carbohydrates (To Limit or Avoid)

Top 10 Foods Highest in Carbohydrates (To Limit or Avoid)

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 pancakes, soft pretzels, bread products, ready to eat cereals, milkshakes, ice-cream, cereal bars, cake, pies, muffins, sweetened canned fruits, sugary drinks, fruit juices, corn chips, potato chips, and candies. Healthy high carbohydrate foods includes whole grains, beans, vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds. The daily value (%DV) for carbohydrates is 300 grams.

Below is a list of foods highest in carbohydrates, for more see the list of carb rich restaurant foods. For more healthy high carbohydrate choices see the list of healthy high carb foods.


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Top 10 High Carb Foods to Avoid

Pancakes 1 Fast Foods (Hot Cakes with Syrup)
  • 34% DV (101.8g) carbs per 3 pancakes
  • 11% DV (33.9g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 15% DV (46.1g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Soft Pretzels 2 Soft Pretzels
  • 34% DV (101.6g) carbs in 1 large
  • 14% DV (41.2g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 24% DV (71g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

Other Bread Products High in Carbs (%DV per piece)

French Bread (24% DV), Bagels (17%), Naan Bread (26%), Hamburger Rolls (8%), and Hotdog Rolls (8%).

Nutrition Facts for Soft Pretzels.
A bowl granola 3 Ready to Eat Cereals (Familia)
  • 30% DV (90g) carbs per cup
  • 13% DV (38g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 25% DV (73.8g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
An ice cream sunday 4 Milkshakes
  • 29% DV (86.1g) carbs per 12oz cup
  • 10% DV (30.2g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 9% DV (25.6g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Light Soft Serve Ice-Cream contains 23% (69g) of the DV for carbs.
An average ice-cream sandwich contains 11% DV (33g) carbs.

Nutrition Facts for Blended Soft Serve Ice Cream with Cookies.
Granola bars 5 Cereal Bars (Nutri-Grain)
  • 28% DV (84.4g) carbs per bar
  • 13% DV (39.4g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 24% DV (72.8g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

Other Cereal Bars High in Carbs (%DV per bar)

Quaker Oatmeal Bar (15% DV), Clif Bar (15%), Mars Marathon Protein Performance Bar (13%), South Beach Protein Bar (13%), Slim Fast Optima Meal Bar (11%DV), Kellog\'s Low Fat Granola Bar (10%), and Snickers Marathon Bar (10%).

Nutrition Facts for Nutrigrain Mixed Berry Cereal Bar.
A slice of chocolate cake 6 Cake with Frosting
  • 27% DV (79.7g) carbs per slice
  • 10% DV (29.2g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 18% DV (55.4g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

More Baked Confections High in Carbs (%DV per Slice or Piece)

White Cake with Coconut Frosting (24% DV), Blueberry Pie (15%), Cookies (13%), Gingerbread Cake (12%), and Muffins (12%).

Nutrition Facts for Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting.
Canned Fruit 7 Canned Fruits (Sweetened Peaches)
  • 22% DV (67.2g) carbs per cup
  • 17% DV (52.1g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 8% DV (25.3g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Sweetened Canned Prunes (22% DV), Sweetened Canned Apricots (18%), and Sweetened Canned Blueberries (18%).

Nutrition Facts for Pears Canned in Syrup.
A can of soda 8 Sugary Drinks (Cream Soda)
  • 22% DV (65.7g) carbs per 16oz bottle
  • 17% DV (52.2g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 4% DV (13.3g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

Other Sugary Drinks High in Carbs (%DV per 2 cup (16oz serving)

Orange Juice Drink (22%), Ocean Spray Cran Pomegranate (20%), Sweetened Lemon Black (20%), Tea V-8 V-Fusion Strawberry Banana (20%), Orange Soda (20% DV), Cola Soft Drinks (17%), Root Beer (17%), and Ginger Ale (14%).

Nutrition Facts for Cream Soda.
Extruded corn chips 9 Snacks (Corn Chips)
  • 17% DV (50.5g) carbs per cup
  • 7% DV (20.6g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 19% DV (57.4g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

Other Snacks High in Carbs (%DV per cup)

Light Low-Oil Tortilla Chips (15%), and Low-Fat Potato Chips (8%).

Nutrition Facts for Extruded Corn Chips.
Colorful candies 10 Candies (Jelly Gumdrops)
  • 12% DV (35.6g) carbs per 10 pieces
  • 17% DV (49.9g) per 200 calorie serving
  • 33% DV (98.9g) per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
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Restaurant Foods High in Carbs

#1 Sweet and Sour Chicken 56% DV (168.5g) in per order
#2 Vegetable Lo Mein 50% DV (149.4g) in per order
#3 Applebees Crunchy Onion Rings 47% DV (140.6g) in per order
#4 McDonalds Hot Cakes 34% DV (101.8g) in per order
#5 Carrabbas Italian Grill Spaghetti With Pomodoro Sauce 30% DV (91.1g) in per order
#6 Olive Garden Spaghetti With Meat Sauce 30% DV (90.2g) in per order
#7 McDonalds McFlurry With Oreo Cookies 29% DV (86.1g) in per 12oz shake
#8 Taco Bell Taco Salad 27% DV (80.5g) in per order
#9 TGI Fridays French Fries 23% DV (67.9g) in per order
#10 Dennys Mozzarella Cheese Sticks 21% DV (62.1g) in per order

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.