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Top 10 Foods Highest in Sucrose

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Sucrose

Sucrose is a disaccharide created by the combination of glucose and fructose. Sucrose is mainly found in plants and is the primary component of most granulated sugars we use in baking. These sugars are mainly refined from sugar beets or sugar cane. Sucrose consumption should be limited or avoided.

Today sucrose can be found in a range of fast foods, restaurant foods, and other commercially processed foods. These high sucrose foods include puddings, milkshakes, cakes, fruit juice drinks, deep-fried meats with sweet sauce, cookies, pancakes, dark chocolate, and commercial cereals. Sucrose is also found in fresh fruits, for more information, see the article on fruits high in sugar.

The list below gives the amount of sucrose in both grams and teaspoons. 1 teaspoon of packed sucrose weighs about 4 grams. For more high sucrose foods see the complete list in the nutrient ranking tool.

List of Foods Highest in Sucrose

Dulce De Leche

#1: Dulce De Leche

Up to 41.8% Sucrose
Sucrose per CupSucrose per 100g
127g (31.7 tsp)41.8g (10.4 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dulce De Leche
Chocolate and Vanilla pudding contains 35.2g per cup.
Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche) contains 29.6g per serving (~1cup)
Tapioca Pudding contains 28.8g per cup
An ice-cream sunday

#2: Milkshakes (Blended with Candy)

Up to 16.9% Sucrose
Sucrose per 12oz CupSucrose per 100g
58.8g (14.7 tsp)16.9g (4.2 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Mcdonalds Mcflurry With M&ms Candies

More Ice-Creams and Milkshakes High in Sucrose

McDonald's McFlurry with Oreos (58.8g sucrose)
Soft-Serve Ice-Cream with Milk Chocolate Candies (58.8g)
McDonald's Hot Fudge Sunday (35.2g)
A slice of chocolate cake

#3: Cake with Frosting

Up to 36.5% Sucrose
Sucrose per SliceSucrose per 100g
52.6g (13.1 tsp)36.5g (9.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Yellow Cake With Chocolate Frosting
A slice of apple pie contains 14.4g of sucrose.
A glass of juice

#4: Cran-Lemonade Juice Drink

Up to 8.2% Sucrose
Sucrose per 16oz GlassSucrose per 100g
40.5g (10.1 tsp)8.2g (2.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Ocean Spray Cran Lemonade

More Drinks High in Sucrose (grams of Sucrose per 16oz glass)

Coffee with Sugar and Milk (39.6g), Iced Mocha (32.4g), Horchata (28.2g), and Ruby Red Cranberry Juice (26.6g).
1 8.4oz can of Red Bull contains 13.4g of sucrose.
See the ranking of all drinks high in sucrose.
A plate of orange chicken

#5: Orange Chicken (Deep Fried with Sweet Sauce)

Up to 12.3% Sucrose
Sucrose per 9 PiecesSucrose per 100g
23.2g (5.8 tsp)12.3g (3.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Restaurant Chinese Orange Chicken

More Deep Fried Dishes with Sweet Sauce High in Sucrose (grams per 9 pieces)

Sesame Chicken (22g), General Tso's Chicken (17g), Lemon Chicken (11g), Sweet and Sour Chicken (9g), and Sweet and Sour Pork (6g).

#6: Cookies

Up to 47.9% Sucrose
Sucrose in 3 CookiesSucrose per 100g
21.6g (5.4 tsp)47.9g (12 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Glutino Gluten Free Cookies Vanilla Creme
A 1.5oz KitKat Bar contains 16.8g of Sucrose.

#7: Fast Foods (Hot Cakes with Syrup)

Up to 7.8% Sucrose
Sucrose per 3 PancakesSucrose per 100g
17.1g (4.3 tsp)7.8g (1.9 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Mcdonalds Pancakes

More Fast Foods High in Sucrose

Coleslaw contains 17g per cup.
A Fruit and Yogurt Parfait contains 11.8g.
A bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich contains 8.6g
A Burger King Double Whopper contains 5.4g of sucrose.
See over 100 fast foods high in sucrose.
Segment of a dark chocolate bar

#8: Dark Chocolate (45-59% Cocoa)

Up to 46.3% Sucrose
Sucrose per 1oz SquareSucrose per 100g
13.1g (3.3 tsp)46.3g (11.6 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dark Chocolate (45-59% Cocoa)
60-69% Dark Chocolate contains 10.3g per oz.
85% Dark Chocolate contains 6.8g per oz.

#9: Tangerines

Up to 6.1% Sucrose
Sucrose per CupSucrose per 100g
11.8g (2.9 tsp)6.1g (1.5 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Tangerines

More Fruits High in Sucrose (grams of sucrose per cup)

Mangoes (11.5g), Pineapples (9.9g), Apricots (9.1g), Pink Grapefruit (8.1g), Cantaloupes (7.7g), and Peaches (7.3g).
See the nutrient ranking of over 100 fruits high in sucrose.
Puffed Cereal

#10: Malt-o-Meal Golden Puffs

Up to 35.5% Sucrose
Sucrose per 3/4 CupSucrose per 100g
9.6g (2.4 tsp)35.5g (8.9 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Malt-o-meal Golden Puffs

See All 200 Foods High in Sucrose

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Data Sources and References

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