Top 15 Fruits Highest in Sugar

Top 15 Fruits Highest in Sugar

Fruit is an excellent source of nutrients, providing water, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Fruit contains natural sugars, however, these 'intrinsic' sugars naturally occurring in fruits, vegetables, and milk are not the ones we need to be concerned about.

Although we don’t need to reduce our consumption of sugars occurring naturally in fruits, they do still count toward our daily total sugar intakes. People needing to control their blood sugar intakes (such as diabetics) may also find it useful to know which fruits are higher in sugar.

Fruits high in natural sugar include litchis, passion-fruit, pomegranates, mangoes, cherries, oranges, kiwifruit, grapes, guavas, and bananas. In the listing, both the grams of sugar and teaspoons of sugar per serving of each fruit is given. A packed teaspoon of granulated sugar is equal to 4 grams.

Below is a list of fresh fruits high in sugar. For more see the extended lists of less common fruits high in sugar, dried fruits high in sugar, and the unfiltered list of over 100 fruits high in sugar.

List of Fruits High in Sugar

Litchis1 Litchis (Lychees)
Up to 15% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
29g (7 tsp)15g (3.8 tsp)
Passion Fruit2 Passion-Fruit (Granadilla)
Up to 11% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
26g (7 tsp)11g (2.8 tsp)
Pomegranate3 Pomegranate
Up to 14% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
24g (6 tsp)14g (3.4 tsp)
Mangos4 Mangos
Up to 14% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
23g (6 tsp)14g (3.4 tsp)
Cherries5 Cherries
Up to 13% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
20g (5 tsp)13g (3.2 tsp)
Bananas6 Bananas
Up to 12% Sugar
Sugar per Cup SlicedSugar per 100g
18g (5 tsp)12g (3.1 tsp)
Slices of orange7 Oranges
Up to 9% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
17g (4 tsp)9g (2.3 tsp)
Slices of kiwifruit8 Kiwifruit
Up to 9% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
16g (4 tsp)9g (2.2 tsp)
Grapes9 Grapes
Up to 16% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
15g (3.7 tsp)16g (4 tsp)
Half a guava10 Guavas
Up to 9% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
15g (3.7 tsp)9g (2.2 tsp)
Pears11 Pears
Up to 10% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
14g (3.4 tsp)10g (2.4 tsp)
Apples12 Apples
Up to 10% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
13g (3.2 tsp)10g (2.6 tsp)
Half a peach13 Peaches
Up to 8% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
13g (3.2 tsp)8g (2.1 tsp)
Papayas14 Papaya
Up to 8% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
11g (2.8 tsp)8g (2 tsp)
Nectarines15 Nectarines
Up to 8% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
11g (2.8 tsp)8g (2 tsp)

See All 110 Fruits High in Sugar

Less Common Fruits High in Sugar

FoodServingSugar
1 Tamarind1 cup pulp47g
(11.8 tsp)
2 Fried Plantains1 cup37g
(9.3 tsp)
3 Mamey Sapote1 cup chopped35g
(8.8 tsp)
4 Jackfruit1 cup31g
(7.8 tsp)
5 Soursop1 cup30g
(7.5 tsp)
6 Breadfruit1 cup24g
(6 tsp)
7 Persimmonper fruit21g
(5.3 tsp)
8 Cherimoya1 cup21g
(5.3 tsp)

Sugar in Dried Fruits

FoodServingSugar
1 Raisins1 cup108g
(27 tsp)
2 Zante Currants1 cup90g
(22.5 tsp)
3 Dried Peaches1 cup67g
(16.8 tsp)
4 Dried Apples1 cup49g
(12.3 tsp)
5 Dried Bananas1 cup47g
(11.8 tsp)
6 Dried Apricotsper cup15g
(3.8 tsp)
7 Dates (Deglet Noor)per 3 dates13g
(3.3 tsp)

About the Data

Data for the curated food lists comes from the USDA Food Data Central Repository.

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Data Sources and References

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