Top 10 Foods Highest in Glucose

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Glucose

Glucose is a simple monosaccharide sugar and the principal energy source for both the brain and the body. (1,2)

Carbohydrates in foods are all ultimately broken down in the body into glucose. (2) If you are looking to manage your blood glucose levels, it is important to balance your intake of sugars and carbohydrates.

Foods naturally high in pure glucose include honey, agave, molasses, dried fruit, fruits, fruit juices, and sweet corn. These foods are healthy, in moderation, as part of a balanced diet, especially fresh fruits. Foods that typically have a lot of added glucose include sauces, salad dressings, pies, and sugary drinks.

Foods with high levels of added sugar should be limited, as over-consumption of these foods is associated with an increased risk of type II diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. (3,4)

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

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More Glucose Rich Foods

1. Jackfruit per cup sliced 15.6g
(3.9 tsp)
2. Mamey Sapote 1 cup chopped 14g
(3.5 tsp)
3. Cherimoya per cup pieces 9.5g
(2.4 tsp)
4. Fried Yellow Plantains per cup 8.4g
(2.1 tsp)
5. Canned Tomato Puree per cup 6.1g
(1.5 tsp)
6. Commercial Cereals (Raisin Bran) per cup 6g
(1.5 tsp)
7. Fast Foods (Applebees Onion Rings) per order 4.1g
(1 tsp)
8. Baked Beans per cup 4g
(1 tsp)
9. Sweet Dessert Wine per 5oz glass 3.8g
(1 tsp)
10. Horchata per cup 3.7g
(0.9 tsp)
11. Rutabagas (Swedes, Neeps) per cup cooked 3.5g
(0.9 tsp)

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Data Sources and References

  1. Mulukutla BC, Yongky A, Le T, Mashek DG, Hu WS. Sugar for the brain: the role of glucose in physiological and pathological brain function Trends Biotechnol. 2016 Aug;34(8):638-651. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2016.04.012. Epub 2016 Jun 2. 27265890
  2. Gurung P, Zubair M, Jialal I. Physiology, Glucose 2023 Jan 18. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan–. 31082125
  3. Sigala DM, Widaman AM, Hieronimus B, Nunez MV, Lee V, Benyam Y, Bremer AA, Medici V, Havel PJ, Stanhope KL, Keim NL. Sugar consumption, metabolic disease and obesity: The state of the controversy Nutrients. 2020 Dec 19;12(12):3893. doi: 10.3390/nu12123893. 33352724
  4. Mozaffarian D. Dietary sugar consumption and health: umbrella review Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2023 Jul;11(7):448-451. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(23)00151-1. Epub 2023 Jun 2. 37276874
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