Top 10 Foods Highest in Glucose

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Glucose

Glucose is a simple sugar and an important energy source for our brain and body. (1)

Low blood glucose leads to anxiety, hunger, and confusion. High blood glucose can lead to increased thirst, fatigue, and blurred vision. (2)

Complex sugars and carbohydrates get broken down into glucose. (1) If you are looking to control your blood glucose level, be sure to control your intake of sugars and carbs, as well as the high glucose foods listed below.

The speed with which the body converts carbohydrates into glucose depends from person to person, and also on the amount of fat and fiber in each food. (1) The glycemic index is one way to measure how fast foods increase blood glucose.

In some countries, fiber is subtracted from carbohydrates to yield the available carbohydrates or net-carbs. Foods lower in net-carbs will have a lower glycemic load. (3)

Foods naturally high in pure glucose include honey, agave, molasses, dried fruit, fruits, fruit juices, and sweet corn. Foods which typically have a lot of added glucose include sauces, salad dressings, pies, and sugary drinks. (4) Foods with a lot of added sugar and glucose should be avoided.

Below are the top 10 foods highest in glucose, for more, see the extended list of glucose rich foods.

To find foods low in net-carbs see the lists of fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans low in net-carbs.

List of High Glucose Foods

A glass of juice

#1: Grape Juice

Up to 6.8% Glucose
Glucose per 16oz GlassGlucose per 100g
34.5g (8.6 tsp)6.8g (1.7 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Grape Juice

More Fruit Juice High in Glucose

-31.6g per 16oz pomegranate juice
-13g per 16oz of apple juice
-5.7g per cup (8oz) of orange juice
A can of soda

#2: Sugary Soft Drinks (Cola)

Up to 4.1% Glucose
Glucose per 16oz BottleGlucose per 100g
20.2g (5 tsp)4.1g (1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cola Soft Drink

More Sugary Drinks High in Glucose

-15.4g per 16oz bottle of sprite
-15.1g per 16oz bottle of ginger ale
-9.9g per serving (9oz) of Monster energy drink
-8.8g per 8oz can of Red Bull

See all drinks high in glucose.
Pancakes

#3: Fast Foods (Hot Cakes with Syrup)

Up to 5.1% Glucose
Glucose per 3 PancakesGlucose per 100g
11.2g (2.8 tsp)5.1g (1.3 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Mcdonalds Pancakes

More Fast Foods High in Glucose

-5.5g in a McDonald's Hot Caramel Sunday
-5.4g in an egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich
-5.1g per package of McDonald's BBQ sauce
-3.2g per burger with condiments

See all fast foods high in glucose.
A bunch of grapes

#4: Grapes

Up to 7.2% Glucose
Glucose per CupGlucose per 100g
10.9g (2.7 tsp)7.2g (1.8 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Red Or Green Grapes (European)

More Fruits High in Glucose

-10.1g per cup of cherries
-8.4g per cup of sliced plums
-7.5g per cup of sliced bananas

See all fruits high in glucose.
Dried Apricots

#5: Dried Apricots

Up to 33.1% Glucose
Glucose per CupGlucose per 100g
9.4g (2.3 tsp)33.1g (8.3 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dried Apricots

More Dried Fruit High in Glucose

-7.6g in 3 prunes
-7.2g in 60 raisins
-6g in 3 figs

See all fruits high in glucose.
A spoon of honey

#6: Honey

Up to 35.8% Glucose
Glucose per TblspGlucose per 100g
7.5g (1.9 tsp)35.8g (8.9 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Honey
-2.4g per tblsp of molasses
-0.6g per tsp of agave syrup
A slice of pie

#7: Apple Pie

Up to 4.9% Glucose
Glucose per SliceGlucose per 100g
6.4g (1.6 tsp)4.9g (1.2 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dutch Apple Pie

More Baked Goods High in Glucose

-2.3g per bagel
-2g per cinnamon roll
-2g per pieces of chocolate cake with frosting

See all baked foods high in glucose.
A slice of cured ham

#8: Cured Ham

Up to 4% Glucose
Glucose per 5oz SliceGlucose per 100g
5.6g (1.4 tsp)4g (1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Pan Broiled Cured Ham
-1.5g per 3oz Kielbasa sausage
-1.3g per frankfurter sausage
Yellow Sweet Corn

#9: Sweet Corn

Up to 3.4% Glucose
Glucose per Cup CookedGlucose per 100g
5g (1.2 tsp)3.4g (0.9 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Yellow Sweet Corn
Bottles of sauce

#10: Pasta Sauce

Up to 2.2% Glucose
Glucose per 1/2 CupGlucose per 100g
2.9g (0.7 tsp)2.2g (0.6 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Pasta Sauce

More Sauces High in Glucose

-2.8g per tblsp of average BBQ sauce
-1.7g per tblsp of ketchup
-0.8g per tblsp of peanut sauce

See All 200 Foods High in Glucose

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More Glucose Rich Foods

FoodServingGlucose
#1 Jackfruitper cup sliced15.6g
(3.9 tsp)
#2 Mamey Sapote1 cup chopped14g
(3.5 tsp)
#3 Cherimoyaper cup pieces9.5g
(2.4 tsp)
#4 Fried Yellow Plantainsper cup8.4g
(2.1 tsp)
#5 Canned Tomato Pureeper cup6.1g
(1.5 tsp)
#6 Commercial Cereals (Raisin Bran)per cup6g
(1.5 tsp)
#7 Fast Foods (Applebees Onion Rings)per order4.1g
(1 tsp)
#8 Baked Beansper cup4g
(1 tsp)
#9 Dessert Wineper 5oz glass3.8g
(1 tsp)
#10 Horchataper cup3.7g
(0.9 tsp)
#11 Rutabagas (Swedes, Neeps)per cup cooked3.5g
(0.9 tsp)

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Data Sources and References

  1. MedlinePlus on Blood Sugar
  2. MedlinePlus on Blood Glucose Testing and Symptoms
  3. Relationship between dietary fiber content and composition in foods and the glycemic index. Am J Clin Nutr. 1990 Jan;51(1):72-5.
  4. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.