Top 10 Foods Highest in Glucose

Top 10 Foods Highest in Glucose

Glucose is a simple sugar and an important energy source for our body. Most complex sugars and carbohydrates get broken down into glucose, so it is not necessary to consume glucose directly from the sources listed below.

Foods naturally high in glucose include honey, agave, molasses, dried fruit, fruits, and fruit juices. Foods which typically have a lot of added glucose include sauces, salad dressings, energy bars, cereals, cakes and pies, and sugary drinks. 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 list of foods high in sugar, the list of foods highest in glucose but lowest in fructose, and the list of foods highest in glucose but lowest in sucrose.


#1: Honey
Up to 35.8% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 cup (339g)1 tbsp (21g)
35.8g (8.9 tsp)121.2g (30.3 tsp)7.5g (1.9 tsp)
Other Sweeteners High in Glucose (grams per tablespoon): Agave (2.6g), Molasses (2.4g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#2: Dried Fruit (Medjool Dates)
Up to 33.7% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 date, pitted (24g)
33.7g (8.4 tsp)8.1g (2 tsp)
Other Dried Fruit High in Glucose (grams per cup): Pitted Prunes (44g), Dried Apricots (43g), Raisins (40g), Figs (34g), and Deglet Dates (29g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#3: Sauces (Barbeque)
Up to 16.4% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 cup (279g)1 tablespoon (17g)
16.4g (4 tsp)45.8g (11.5 tsp)2.8g (0.7 tsp)
Other Sauces High in Glucose (grams per tablespoon): Catsup (1.7g), Sriracha (1.5g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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#4: Salad Dressings (Low Fat French)
Up to 15.7% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 cup (260g)1 tablespoon (16g)
15.7g (3.9 tsp)40.7g (10.2 tsp)2.5g (0.6 tsp)
Other Salad Dressings High in Glucose (grams per tablespoon): Low Fat Thousand Island (1.4g), Balsamic Vinegar (1.2g), Italian (0.7g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#5: Energy and Cereal Bars
Up to 11.9% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 bar (68g)
11.9g (3 tsp)8.1g (2 tsp)
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#6: Processed Cereals (Kellogg's Raisin Bran)
Up to 10.1% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 cup (59g)
10.1g (2.5 tsp)6g (1.5 tsp)
Other Cereals High in Glucose (grams per Cup): Lucky Charms (1.7g), Frosted Flakes (0.8g).Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#7: Grapes
Up to 7.2% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 cup (151g)10 grapes (49g)
7.2g (1.8 tsp)10.9g (2.7 tsp)3.5g (0.9 tsp)
Other Fruits High in Glucose (grams per cup): Cherries (9.1g), Plums (8.4g), Bananas (7.5g), Blueberries (7.2g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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#8: Cakes and Pies (Sponge Cake)
Up to 5.8% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 oz (28g)1 cake (42g)
5.8g (1.5 tsp)1.7g (0.4 tsp)2.4g (0.6 tsp)
One slice (133g) of Pecan Pie contains 7.4g of glucose. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#9: Sugary Drinks (Cola)
Up to 4.5% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 serving 16 fl oz (491g)1 fl oz (31g)
4.5g (1.1 tsp)22g (5.5 tsp)1.4g (0.3 tsp)
Other Drinks High in Glucose (grams per 16oz drink): Rockstar Energy Drink (29g), Lemon Lime Soda (Sprite) (21g), Sweet Tea (20g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#10: Fruit Juice (Grape Juice)
Up to 6.8% Glucose
Glucose in 100g1 cup (253g)1 fl oz (32g)
6.8g (1.7 tsp)17.2g (4.3 tsp)2.2g (0.5 tsp)
Other Fruit Juices High in Glucose per 16oz Glass: Cranberry Cocktail (34g), Orange Juice (34g), Pomegranate Juice (31g), Pineapple Juice (19g), Sweetened Cranberry Juice (19g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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Mamey Sapote8g (2tsp) per 100 gram serving14g (3.5tsp) per 1 cup 1" pieces (175 grams)44.7g (11.2tsp) per 1 fruit without refuse (558 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Mamey Sapote
Balsamic Vinegar7.6g (1.9tsp) per 100 gram serving19.3g (4.8tsp) per 1 cup (255 grams)1.2g (0.3tsp) per 1 tbsp (16 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Balsamic Vinegar
Pomegranate Juice6.3g (1.6tsp) per 100 gram serving15.6g (3.9tsp) per 1 cup (249 grams)2g (0.5tsp) per 1 fl oz (31 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Pomegranate Juice
Cherimoya5.9g (1.5tsp) per 100 gram serving9.5g (2.4tsp) per 1 cup, pieces (160 grams)13.9g (3.5tsp) per 1 fruit without skin and seeds (235 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cherimoyas
Tamarind Nectar5.9g (1.5tsp) per 100 gram serving14.9g (3.7tsp) per 1 cup (251 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Tamarind Nectar
Cured Ham4g (1tsp) per 100 gram serving5.6g (1.4tsp) per 1 slice (138 grams)3.4g (0.9tsp) per 1 serving (3 oz) (85 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Lean Cured Ham
Sweet Desert Wine2.6g (0.7tsp) per 100 gram serving2.7g (0.7tsp) per 1 glass (3.5 fl oz) (103 grams)0.8g (0.2tsp) per 1 fl oz (30 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sweet Desert Wine
Sweet Pickles9.2g (2.3tsp) per 100 gram serving14g (3.5tsp) per 1 cup sliced or chips (153 grams)2.3g (0.6tsp) per 1 Gherkin (2-3/4" long) (25 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sweet Cucumber Pickles
Peanut Butter (Sugar Added)4.2g (1.1tsp) per 100 gram serving0g (0tsp) per (0 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Peanut butter chunk style
Raw Yellow Sweet Corn3.4g (0.9tsp) per 100 gram serving5g (1.2tsp) per 1 cup (145 grams)3.5g (0.9tsp) per 1 ear, medium (6-3/4" to 7-1/2" long) yields (102 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Raw Yellow Sweet Corn

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Data Sources and References

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

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