Top 10 Foods Highest in Maltose

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Maltose

Maltose is a disaccharide composed of two glucose molecules. Maltose is created when seeds start to germinate.

Maltose is also created when glucose is caramelized and so may be found in toasted (browned) foods such as bread, crackers, and bagels. Maltose is also added to a wide variety of foods.

Foods high in maltose include pancakes, sweet potatoes, french bread, fried onion rings, bagels, pizza, hamburgers, edamame, and malt-o-meal cereal. (1)

Below are the top 10 foods high in maltose based on data in the USDA database. Please note that maltose data is incomplete in the database. There may be more foods high in maltose. Remember that when food is brown (as in bread) or caramelized (as in cooked sweet potatoes) maltose can be present.

List of High Maltose Foods

Pancakes

#1: Pancakes (Hot Cakes)

Up to 5.2% Maltose
Maltose per 3 PancakesMaltose per 100g
11.5g (2.9 tsp)5.2g (1.3 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Mcdonalds Pancakes
Sweet Potato

#2: Sweet Potatoes

Up to 3.3% Maltose
Maltose per Cup CookedMaltose per 100g
11g (2.7 tsp)3.3g (0.8 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Boiled Sweet Potatoes
French Bread

#3: French Bread

Up to 3.7% Maltose
Maltose per SliceMaltose per 100g
5.1g (1.3 tsp)3.7g (0.9 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for French Bread
Fried Onion Rings

#4: Fried Onion Rings

Up to 1.2% Maltose
Maltose per OrderMaltose per 100g
4.2g (1 tsp)1.2g (0.3 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Fried Onion Rings
Most breaded and fried foods will have the same amount of maltose.
A row of bagels

#5: Bagels

Up to 3.2% Maltose
Maltose per BagelMaltose per 100g
3.2g (0.8 tsp)3.2g (0.8 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Bagels
A slice of pizza

#6: Pizza

Up to 1.7% Maltose
Maltose per SliceMaltose per 100g
2.2g (0.5 tsp)1.7g (0.4 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Pizza Hut 12 Inch Super Supreme Pizza Hand-tossed Crust
A Hamburger

#7: Hamburgers

Up to 0.6% Maltose
Maltose per BurgerMaltose per 100g
2.1g (0.5 tsp)0.6g (0.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Hamburger; Double Large Patty; With Condiments Vegetables And Mayonnaise
A slice of pie

#8: Pies (Apple)

Up to 1.5% Maltose
Maltose per SliceMaltose per 100g
2g (0.5 tsp)1.5g (0.4 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dutch Apple Pie
Green Soybeans (Edamame)

#9: Edamame (Green Soybeans)

Up to 1% Maltose
Maltose per CupMaltose per 100g
1.5g (0.4 tsp)1g (0.2 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Edamame
Puffed Cereal

#10: Malt-o-Meal Golden Puffs

Up to 4.5% Maltose
Maltose per 3/4 CupMaltose per 100g
1.2g (0.3 tsp)4.5g (1.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Malt-o-meal Golden Puffs

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Data Sources and References

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