Top 15 Vegetables Highest in Sugar

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Top 15 Vegetables Highest in Sugar

Of all the food groups, vegetables are typically one of the low in sugar, while being a great source of healthy fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial compounds. (1) However, there are some vegetables that do contain higher amounts of sugar.

In this article, both grams and teaspoons of sugar are listed for each vegetable. One packed teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4 grams.

Vegetables high in sugar include sweet potatoes, beets, onions, green peas, sweet corn, peas, canned pumpkin, winter squash, rutabagas, carrots, and tomatoes. They range from 3.5g to 14g (1 to 3.5 teaspoons) of sugar per cup.

For more high sugar vegetables, see the nutrient ranking of 200 vegetables high in sugar.

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Data Sources and References

  1. Chapman K, Havill M, Watson WL, Wellard L, Hughes C, Bauman A, Allman-Farinelli M. Fruits, vegetables, and health: A comprehensive narrative, umbrella review of the science and recommendations for enhanced public policy to improve intake Appetite. 2016 Dec 1;107:295-302. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.08.003. Epub 2016 Aug 10. 27522036
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