Top 10 Foods Highest in Sugar (To Limit or Avoid)

Top 10 Foods Highest in Sugar (To Limit or Avoid)

Sugars are simple carbohydrates naturally occurring in a variety of foods, including, fruits, vegetables, and milk. Sugar is also used as a food ingredient, added to processed foods for its sweet taste. It is these added sugars that cause health problems, not the sugars naturally occurring in foods.

Consumption of added sugar has increased rapidly over recent years and is believed to contribute to rising rates of obesity, type II diabetes and heart disease.

High sugar foods to limit or avoid include puddings, milkshakes, ice-cream, fruit juices, sugary soda drinks, cakes (especially with frosting), candies, fruit yogurts, fast foods, cereal bars, and commercial cereals. In this list, both the grams of sugar and teaspoons of sugar are given. 1 teaspoon is equal to 4 grams of sugar.

For more information see the article of high carb foods to limit or avoid, or see the nutrient ranking of 200 foods high in sugar.

List of Foods High in Sugar

Dulce De Leche

#1: Dulce De Leche

Up to 50% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
151g (37.8 tsp)50g (12.4 tsp)
-Tapioca Pudding contains 67g of sugar per cup.
-Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche) contains 43g per serving (~1 cup)
-Chocolate Mouse contains 30g per 1/2 cup
An ice-cream sunday

#2: Milkshakes (Blended with Candy)

Up to 24% Sugar
Sugar per 12oz CupSugar per 100g
85g (21.2 tsp)24g (6.1 tsp)
-McDonald's McFlurry with Oreos contains 71g sugar per 12oz cup.
-A medium ice-cream with chocolate topping contains 58g of sugar.
-Vanilla ice cream contains 22g per 1/2 cup.
A glass of juice

#3: Grape Juice

Up to 14% Sugar
Sugar per 16oz GlassSugar per 100g
72g (18 tsp)14g (3.6 tsp)

Other Fruit Juices High in Sugar per 16oz Serving

-Pomegranate Juice (63g)
-Naked Mighty Mango (62g)
-Pineapple Juice (62g), and Apple Juice (48g).
A can of soda

#4: Sugary Drinks (Cream Soda)

Up to 13% Sugar
Sugar per 16oz BottleSugar per 100g
66g (16.4 tsp)13g (3.3 tsp)

Other Sodas and Sugar Drinks High in Sugar

-Kiwi-Strawberry Drink (55g)
-Root Beer (52g)
-Cola (50g)
-Sprite (44g)
-Ginger Ale (43g)
-Tonic Water (43g)
A slice of coconut cake

#5: Cake with Coconut Frosting

Up to 57% Sugar
Sugar per SliceSugar per 100g
64g (16.1 tsp)57g (14.3 tsp)
Cakes, cookies, and pies can vary from 10-65g of sugar per serving, depending on how they are made, and how much sugar is added.

See the complete ranking of 200 baked foods high in sugar.
Colorful candies

#6: Commercial Candies (Skittles)

Up to 76% Sugar
Sugar per 2.1oz BagSugar per 100g
47g (11.8 tsp)76g (19 tsp)
-A small 3oz bar of white chocolate contains 50g of sugar.
-A 2oz pack of Starburst sour fruit chews contains 33g.
-A 2oz Baby Ruth bar contains 32g.

See the full list of high sugar candies and sweets.
Plain yogurt with a raspberry

#7: Fortified Yogurt

Up to 19% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
47g (11.7 tsp)19g (4.8 tsp)
Plain yogurt contains 19g of sugar per cup.
Pancakes

#8: Fast Foods (Hot Cakes with Syrup)

Up to 21% Sugar
Sugar per 3 PancakesSugar per 100g
45g (11.4 tsp)21g (5.1 tsp)

More Fast Foods High in Sugar

-1 cup of coleslaw contains 23g of sugar
-A egg, cheese, and bacon griddle cake contains 17g
-A Burger King Double Whopper contains 14g

See all fast foods high in sugar.
Granola bars

#9: Cereal Bars (Nutri-Grain)

Up to 34% Sugar
Sugar per BarSugar per 100g
39g (9.7 tsp)34g (8.4 tsp)
A bowl granola

#10: Ready to Eat Cereals (Familia)

Up to 23% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
28g (7.1 tsp)23g (5.8 tsp)
See all breakfast cereals high in sugar, or lowest in sugar.

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Data Sources and References

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

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