Top 15 Vegetables Highest in Sugar

Of all food groups, vegetables are typically low in sugar, while being a great source of healthy vitamins and minerals. Despite this fact, you may want to be aware of how much sugar certain vegetables contain.

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 providing 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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List of Vegetables High in Sugar

Sweet Potatoes1 Sweet Potatoes
  • 13.9g (3.5 tsp) sugar per cup mashed
  • 10.8g (2.7 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 5.5% sugar
While sweet potatoes have more sugar, regular potatoes typically have more carbs. In terms of regulating blood sugar, sweet potatoes are preferred over regular potatoes (Russet, White, Red, etc..)

Red beetroot2 Beets
  • 13.5g (3.4 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 36.2g (9 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 8% sugar
Onions3 Onions
  • 9.9g (2.5 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 21.5g (5.4 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 4.7% sugar
Green Peas4 Green Peas
  • 9.5g (2.4 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 14.1g (3.5 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 5.9% sugar
Yellow Sweet Corn5 Sweet Corn
  • 9.1g (2.3 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 14.6g (3.6 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 6.3% sugar
Pumpkins6 Canned Pumpkin
  • 8.1g (2 tsp) sugar per cup
  • 19.4g (4.9 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 3.3% sugar
Butternut Squash7 Winter Squash
  • 6.8g (1.7 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 17.8g (4.5 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 3.3% sugar
Rutabagas8 Rutabagas (Swedes, Neeps)
  • 6.7g (1.7 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 26.3g (6.6 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 4% sugar
Carrots9 Carrots
  • 6.1g (1.5 tsp) sugar per cup chopped
  • 23.1g (5.8 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 4.7% sugar
Tomatoes10 Tomato
  • 6g (1.5 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 27.7g (6.9 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 2.5% sugar
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Sweet Bell Peppers11 Red Bell Peppers
  • 5.9g (1.5 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 31.4g (7.8 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 4.4% sugar
Shiitake Mushrooms12 Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 5.6g (1.4 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 13.7g (3.4 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 3.8% sugar
Turnips13 Turnips
  • 4.9g (1.2 tsp) sugar per cup
  • 27.1g (6.8 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 3.8% sugar
Yellow Summer Squash14 Summer Squash
  • 4.7g (1.2 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • 25.9g (6.5 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 2.6% sugar
Half a Red Cabbage15 Red Cabbage
  • 3.4g (0.9 tsp) sugar per cup chopped
  • 24.7g (6.2 tsp) sugar per 200 calorie serving
  • Up to 3.8% sugar

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Data Sources and References

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