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.

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


#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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A Hamburger

#7: Hamburgers

Up to 0.6% Maltose
Maltose per BurgerMaltose per 100g
2.1g (0.5 tsp)0.6g (0.1 tsp)
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)
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)
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)

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Data Sources and References

  1. U.S. Agricultural Research Service Food Data Central

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